Due to the World Food Crisis, Jokowi Asks for Empty Land to be Used
Holiday Ayo - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) reminded the public to be aware of the threat of a world food crisis. As a result of the food crisis that occurred, not a few countries imposed a policy of banning food exports abroad.
For this reason, he invites the public to plant various types of food crops on abandoned lands in order to mitigate the negative impact of pressure on the supply chain of food commodities in the global market.
"I just want to entrust it, tell the community, the people that the current name should not let any abandoned land not be planted with anything," said President Jokowi at the opening of the XXXII Congress & MPA XXXI PMKRI in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, as cited from bisnis.tempo.co, Wednesday 22 June 2022.
President Jokowi appealed to the public to plant food commodities that can produce quickly, such as cassava or corn. By having their own source of food production, the community will have food source security, so that it is protected from pressure on the supply of food commodities in the global market.
"The easy thing is that corn can be harvested in 3 months, cassava has also been harvested in 3 months. Plant it quickly because we don't know the situation, climate change and others," said the President.
These uncertain situations, such as the potential for the El Nino phenomenon, or La Nina, can threaten production and disrupt the availability of food goods both globally and domestically.
"Tell the public the importance of planting anything related to food right now," said President Jokowi.
"If the results are abundant, it's okay to export to help other countries, but also pay for it. This is the situation and the situation as it is, I must convey," said President Jokowi.
On that occasion, President Jokowi explained that all parties must be careful about food because the uncertainty of food supply continues to increase in the global market.
He gave an example in January 2022 there were only three countries that stopped food exports to meet domestic needs. Meanwhile, in mid-June 2022, the number of countries that stopped food exports increased to 23 because each country wanted to maintain food stocks to meet domestic needs.