Sustained by a diverse landscape, Indonesia’s agriculture sector has long been an important source of income for local households and has contributed much-needed export revenue. The sector has historically served as a pillar of the Indonesian economy, but has yet to achieve its full potential, though significant progress has been made in recent years under the business-orientated administration of President Joko Widodo. Partly as a result of adopting business-friendly initiatives, the sector has been able to attract necessary investment, which in turn is helping to bridge structural gaps. In order to address challenges to the sector the administration of President Widodo has increased the use of mechanised agricultural technology, invested in infrastructure and expanded the total area of farming land.
This chapter contains an interview with Amran Sulaiman, Minister of Agriculture.