RI fails to reach additional rice production target

Source The Jakarta Post

JAKARTA (Antara): President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the country had failed to reach its target of increasing rice production by 2 million tons in 2007.

“We were only able to increase our rice production by 1.64 million tons, short of the targeted of 2 million. There were various impediments including the failure of some provinces to reach targets,” the President told the press Tuesday after a cabinet session at the Agriculture Ministry.

One of the obstacles faced was the fear of making procedural errors which delayed the distribution of seeds to farmers.

“But if the bureaucrats had clear programs and there was no intention to misappropriate the available funds, there was no need for hesitation,” he said. (***)

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