Rice is the main food crop in Indonesia. Indrastuti Aprirumanti, project director of the Indonesian Rice Research Center, said that residents eat rice three times a day,
and the average consumption of rice is 114 kilograms per person per year. About 60 percent of Indonesian residents' income is spent on food, of which rice accounts
for about a quarter. Rice production was 81.4 million tons in 2017 and is expected to increase to 84 million tons in 2018.
Indrastuti Aprirumanti, project director at the Indonesian Rice Research Center
Indonesia has become the fourth most populous country in the world. Rice acreage continues to increase and yields continue to rise. Indonesia's growing population,
climate change, land transfer and the emergence of high-quality talents have brought new opportunities for rice development in Indonesia. "Indonesia to become the
world's food storehouse by 2045." Indrastuti ApriRumanti said.
In recent years, Indonesia has made some achievements in rice varieties research and development, crop management and mechanized production. Indrastuti Aprirum-
anti says rice growing technology in Indonesia has improved in the past five years.
At present, Indonesia's breeding program mainly includes the following aspects: first, to increase yield, discover some hybrids, new plant types, exploit the advantages of
hybrid rice, and develop new plant types of rice; Second, to improve resistance; Third, we need to make it more widely applicable.
There are several hybrid rice varieties in Indonesia. As a tropical country, the objective climatic conditions promote the breeding of varieties to have an important content
is to improve the resistance.
In addition to breed selection, Indonesia continues to upgrade its planting techniques and pest control capabilities.
"We hope to make full use of idle land and increase the yield of rice through variety optimization." Indrastuti ApriRumanti said.