“We aim to see 100,000 hectares of garlic farms next year. If 1 hectare [ha] can produce 5 tons [of garlic], we won't need to import anymore,” Agriculture Ministry spokesperson Agung Hendriadi told The Jakarta Post over the phone on Tuesday.
Annual garlic consumption for household and industrial needs reached 500,000 tons in 2015, but only 20,000 tons of it was planted domestically. The remaining 480,000 tons were imported from China and India, ministry data shows.
Indonesia in the 1990s supplied most of its garlic to the domestic market, but gradually the farmers were discouraged from planting it due to a continuous decline in prices. Now, there are only 2,000 ha of garlic plantations, a massive decrease from the 28,000 ha of plantations in the 1990s.
Source : The Jakarta Post