Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo. (Photo Courtesy of Agriculture Ministry)

Indonesia Celebrates Krida Agriculture Day with FAO Council Appointment

BY :JAKARTA GLOBE

JUNE 22, 2021

Jakarta. Indonesia celebrated the Krida Agriculture Day on Monday with a new milestone.

The Krida Agriculture Day, which falls on June 21, commemorates the hard work all agricultural actors —including farmers, ranchers, and entrepreneurs— have poured into the sector.  This year’s celebration, however, is special as Indonesia has been recently appointed as the FAO council member for the 2021-2024 term.  

Indonesia will join Bangladesh, Philippines, Japan, China, and South Korea to represent the Asian region at the FAO council.

According to Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo, Indonesia has abundant agricultural resources not just to meet the food demands, but also help spur national economic recovery. 

“I call for all agricultural actors to try their best in contributing to the country,” Syahrul said in a statement on Monday.

The minister described Krida Agriculture Day as a turning point to look back on Indonesia’s agriculture history that is filled with traditions and values. 

“We have various forms of local wisdom, which are traditions that must be preserved, developed, and passed on to the next generation — namely gotong royong [mutual cooperation] and working with one another,” the minister said.

“Those two things are the engine for the agricultural sector to bolster the national economy.”

The agricultural potential and the enormous power of the people will bring advanced, independent, modern agriculture and prosperous farmers to reality, Syahrul said.

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