It turns out this is the culprit behind the food estate in Papua failing since SBY News – 1 hour ago

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko revealed the problem of the food estate project in Merauke, Papua. This area will later be made into a Special Economic Zone (KEK) by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

“Merauke, yes, this condition must be explored, why hasn’t Merauke been able to grow well in its agrifood development? Is there something?” said Moeldoko at the Presidential Palace Complex, Monday (6/11/2023).

According to him, one of the problems is the soil’s high iron content. So it needs to be processed first so it can be more neutral.


“Meanwhile, I see that the iron (substance) is high there, there must be an element that neutralizes it,” he said.

“If there is iron in the soil, it will affect the pH somewhat, so the plant will turn yellow, well it won’t be very fertile, this will require quite a strong effort,” he said.

As previously known, the food barn project in Merauke failed during the era of the presidency of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY).

At that time, the SBY government launched the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFFE) program in 2010 which aimed to guarantee Indonesia’s self-sufficiency in terms of food and energy.

In the end, as expected, this project also failed to produce food crops in large quantities.

[Gambas:Video CNBC]

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