In Madagascar, where per-capita rice consumption is the highest in Africa, Indonesian farm experts are lending a hand to help increase production of the staple crop.
Jakarta sent the advisers to the Indian Ocean country, one of the world's poorest, at the request of the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
Madagascan farmers favor Indonesian equipment over Japan's state-of-the-art technology, which carries a higher price tag. Furthermore, economic and cultural similarities between Madagascar and Indonesia mean assistance provided by the Southeast Asian country is appreciated locally.
Dispatched by the Indonesian government in October last year, 42-year-old Joko Ptioyo demonstrated a wooden thrasher he made at a cost of about 200,000 ariary (about 9,000 yen) to farmers in Antsirabe, a city about two and a half hours from the capital of Antananarivo.
His mission is to develop and popularize small-scale machines for poor farmers, including a winnower and a weed-eater. "Most important is to develop machines easily made at cheap prices," he said.
Courtesy :The Maininchi Daily News
Date: 7th April 2010