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    Monday, June 23, 2014

    Prabowo's Agricultural Program Realistic

    Tobapos -- The vision and mission of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto in the agricultural field are realistic and applicable, Herman Khaeron, deputy chairman of Commission IV on agriculture of the House Representatives (DPR), said.

    Speaking to journalists at the Parliament building here on Monday, Herman expressed his conviction that farmers across the country will support and elect Prabowo as their president.

    "I am convinced that all farmers in Indonesia share the same idea about Prabowo. His vision and mission clearly show his seriousness in the agricultural sector," the House Commission IV deputy chairman said.

    He noted that Prabowo had a clear understanding on matters related to the agricultural sector as important to the development framework.

    Prabowo, he pointed out, wanted to develop the agrarian sector as one of the country's mainstay sectors by enhancing rice farms by two million hectares.

    "His plan to build two million hectares for the production of raw materials for bioethanol is also very strategic," he said.

    He said that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had laid the foundation of agriculture development.

    "Prabowo, if elected president, will continue the work by implementing his programs. This will reduce the number of unemployed people and cut dependence on imports of fossil fuels. Energy and food will become strong," he said.

    Indonesia will be holding a presidential election on July 9, which will be contested by two presidential candidates: General (ret) Prabowo Subianto and current Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi.

    Prabowo Subianto is a retired military general and the chairman of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), while his vice-presidential candidate, Hatta Rajasa, is a former coordinating minister for economic affairs and the chairman of the National Mandate Party (PAN).

    Jokowi is Jakarta's governor and a cadre of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), while his running mate, Jusuf Kalla (JK), is a former vice president and a senior politician of the Golkar Party.

    The Jokowi-JK pair is supported by five political parties: PDIP, the Nation Awakening Party (PKB), the Peoples Conscience Party (Hanura), the Justice and Indonesian Unity Party (PKPI), and the National Democrats Party (Nasdem) established by Surya Paloh, the owner of Metro TV and the Media Indonesia newspaper.

    The Prabowo-Hatta pair is supported by Gerindra, PAN, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the United Development Party (PPP), the Moon and Star Party (PBB), and the Golkar Party, whose current chairman is Aburizal Bakrie, the owner of TV One.

    The ruling Democrat Party has taken a neutral stance in the election, although some of its top cadres have chosen to take sides. (ant/adm)

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