Monsanto is eyeing Indonesia’s potential as a global exporter of corn, riding on President Joko Widodo’s food self-sufficiency goals. “Indonesian farmers can deliver self-sufficiency in corn and make the country a global exporter,” said Christopher Samuel, Director Corporate Engagement for Monsanto Asia Pacific.
He said the government’s goals need the support of innovative partnerships and technology to increase yields and Monsanto wants to participate. Indonesia produced 19 million tonnes of corn last year, up 3% from the previous year on nearly 4 million ha. Still, the country’s consumption reached nearly 20 million tonnes last year, which led to a deficit of some 941,000 tonnes.
(Source – http://www.blackseagrain.net/novosti/monsanto-eyes-indonesia-as-potential-global-corn-exporter)