Indonesia farmers struggle against imports
Experts say agricultural sector must modernise to avoid country's dependence on food from abroad.
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2012 12:32

Indonesia is one of the most fertile countries in the world, experts say, but farmers there are struggling to grow basic crops.

The country was self-sufficient before it opened up its agricultural market, under international pressure, to the free market in the late 1990s.

Today, cheap imports from abroad are hampering local business.

Many say the country's agricultural sector needs to modernise or it will become fully dependent on food imports.

Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen reports from Cianjur in West Java.


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