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Indonesia Invites Investors to Take Up Agricultural Investments in Large Scale Farm

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Indonesia expects a six percent rise in its milled rice harvest this year, leading to a 2 million tonnes surplus, and aims to attract Gulf Arab investors to develop “sleeping land”, Agriculture Minister Suswono said.

The agriculture minister met businessmen from the Gulf Arab country and discussed agricultural business opportunities in Indonesia.

Indonesia has over 7.7 million hectares of unused land that is in need of development, Suswono said.

“There is still… untapped potential for agribusiness investment in Indonesia, particularly in the field of food crops, industrial processing as well as horticulture and land stock industry,” he said.

“We still have some difficulties internally in arranging land for large-scale farming, which are requested by foreign investors. This is due to environmental reasons to protect our rainforests,” the minister said, adding that the government has since issued regulations for investment in large farming.

Source:, 13 June 2010

Investors have long set their sights on Indonesia, whose large quantities of unused land offer a resource-rich base for new farm investments. Now, the government is keen to invite investors from the Gulf and abroad to take on the opportunity in developing the nation’s large farm potential.

In the interest of those thinking of investing in Indonesia, CMT has put together the 2ndGlobal Large Scale Farm Forumto discuss the facts and details that will entailin such ventures. The forum will also have Prof. Dr. Zaenal Bachruddin, Director General of Processing and Marketing of Agricultural Product, Ministry of Agriculture, Republic of Indonesia present a paper on “Agricultural Investment Opportunity in Indonesia”.

At the 2nd Global Large Scale Farm Forum in Siem Reap, you will also get the chance to amass expert insights on the potentials of different large farm agricultural investment hot spots and related legal/financing options.

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ADB to discuss challenges pertinent to food security issues and opportunities in farm investment at 2nd Global Large Scale Farm Forum.

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MANILA – ASIA and the Pacific, home to two-thirds of the world’s one billion hungry people, need increased investment in agriculture of US$120 billion (S$166 billion) a year for the next 40 years to contain hunger and future spikes in food prices, United Nations and Asian Development Bank officials said on Wednesday.

They said agricultural investments in the region, currently at US$80 billion, will need to rise by 50 per cent to US$120 billion yearly until 2050 – when world population is expected to swell to 9.1 billion from the today’s 6.5 billion. The onus for funding the investments would be on private sources and governments.

‘These statistics belie a crisis that will only get worse in the years to come unless immediate action is taken,’ Mr Kuroda said. ‘Add to this rapid population growth, climate change and water shortages, and the need for action is blindingly apparent.’ He said ADB has committed US$2 billion a year for its food security plan for the region, focusing on boosting productivity, agricultural research, and the food supply chain.

Source: Straits Times: Asia Needs Farm Investment

More on the above will be unravelled at 2nd Global Large Scale Farm Forum on 30th Nov & 1st Dec 2010 in Siem Reap as ADB presents a paper on:


  • Asia’s food security challenges
  • Land / agricultural investment for food security
  • Need for the novel public / private partnership
  • Steps towards building the new food security partnership in Asia – ADB’s new initiative and strategy

To be presented by: Katsuji Matsunami, Advisor, RSOD cum Practice Leader (Agriculture, Food Security & Rural Development) ADB

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Agriculture, ethanol, bio-diesel, sugar and other producers and forest plantation growers attracted to sites in Cambodia

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Cambodia has quietly started to turn up on the agendas of major agriculture, ethanol, bio-diesel, sugar and other producers and forest plantation growers as an attractive and interesting site to locate projects.

Cambodia has the lowest cost agricultural land in the region with figures that are substantially cheaper than its neighbours Thailand, Vietnam or Malaysia.  This has interested many new companies with projects to grow crops like sugarcane, cassava, teak and other timber, palm plantations.

Agricultural land in Cambodia is generally provided to qualified projects by the Cambodian government on a lease basis.  Leases can be 70 years or in some cases up to 99 years. In Cambodia, large plots of agricultural land in locations with reasonable access to infrastructure are available but many areas still lack the road structure and access to utilities that are found in more developed countries.


Cambodia is one of the countries that will be featured at the 2nd Global Large Scale Farm Forum in Siem Reap, Cambodia on 30 Nov – 1 Dec 2010.

Regardless of the region and stage of your global agri investments, answers to questions such as ` What guidelines are available? Which region offers the greatest return? How to obtain financing for your project? What crops to grow? play a big part in ensuring successful farming ventures.

That is why  2nd Global Large Scale Farm Forum to be held in Siem Reap, Cambodia on 30 Nov – 1 Dec 2010 is the place to be for timely updates, network of authoritative speakers and first hand information on challenges & opportunities pertaining to agriculture investment.

Some of the confirmed speakers to date include Koh Kong Plantation Company Limited (Cambodia), Khon Kaen Sugar Industry PCL, Bioenergy Development Co., Ltd, SGS, KPMG Cambodia Ltd, Croplife Asia, Philippines Agricultural Development & Commercial Corporaton, Sciaroni & Associates, Allied Venture, Mriya Group of Companies, ADB, GMG Global Ltd.

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