Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Indonesia largest potato producer in SE Asia

Indonesia is the largest potato-producing nation in Southeast Asia with an annual production of 1.1 million tons, a minister said. "Indonesia is the largest potato-producing country in Southeast Asia. The prospects for potato production in the world market are quite good because it supports the global food security," Agriculture Minister Anton Apriyantono said when opening the 2008 National Potato Week in Lembang district, West Java..The event is one of the efforts to support the activities of the UN which has declared 2008 "The Year of Potato" to strengthen the global food security following a drop in the global production of foodstuffs including cereals.The condition has prompted the UN to launch worldwide campaigns to increase the role of potato as a foodstuff besides rice, corn and wheat.

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