Indonesia to Plant More Sorghum As Wheat Crisis Looms
Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko revealed that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo wants Indonesia to cultivate more sorghum to anticipate the wheat shortage following some countries' decisions to ban wheat exports. "The president has instructed the creation of a roadmap for the sorghum production and downstreaming until 2024 to deal with the food crisis," Moeldoko elaborated on Monday.
Moeldoko explained that sorghum has genetic similarities to wheat so that it can be used as a raw material in noodle and bread productions. Currently, there are 15.000 hectares of sorghum development centers in West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara, West Java, East Java, and Lampung. "In East Nusa Tenggara, the sorghum production level is three to four tons per hectare, while in Java, it is four to five tons per hectare. It can still be improved," he said.