Jakarta, Armfalcon.com —
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) mentions that 345 million people in the world are at risk of starvation as a result food crisis.
This was conveyed by Jokowi in his remarks at the Declaration of the Implementation of the 2023 Agricultural Census at the State Palace, Central Jakarta, Monday (15/5).
“Be careful, this sector (agriculture) is also very vulnerable right now. We know the food crisis everywhere, 345 million people in the world are threatened with food shortages and hunger because of climate change due to war,” Jokowi said.
Therefore, he considered the agricultural sector to be very important for every country. Because, if it can’t be handled properly it will have such a big negative impact.
“Therefore, this sector plays a very important role going forward, a very strategic role,” he explained.
According to him, the agricultural sector not only provides life for the community, but can also create wider employment opportunities. This is also reflected in the lower number of unemployed in rural areas than in urban areas because they work in the agricultural sector.
Therefore, Jokowi strongly supports the implementation of the Agricultural Census which will be carried out by the Central Statistics Agency (BPS). The goal is that the government can see real data on the ground as a reference for providing assistance to farmers.
“As many as 40 million people live in this sector, this is already 29 percent of the workforce. Once again I support the implementation of the 2023 agricultural census and I ask all stakeholders in the agricultural sector to succeed in this census,” he explained.
The 2023 Agricultural Census will be held from 1 June to 30 July. It is hoped that, with direct data from the field, the assistance provided by the government will be right on target.
“That is, two months are over and after that we get an accurate and quality data,” said Jokowi.
Jokowi previously said 800 million people in the world were threatened with hunger and acute food shortages. Then, more than 300 million people in the world are already facing acute food shortages and hunger.
“Now more than 300 million people are threatened with acute food shortages and hunger. In several countries it has started, started, started, and it is estimated that if there is no solution it can enter 800 million people,” said Jokowi when giving directions to the Ministry of Agriculture to increase food production in YouTube Secretariat of the President in August 2022.