Despite being the 14th largest vegetable producer in the world and the largest in Southeast Asia, Indonesia’s vegetable imports continue to grow faster than its exports. The country’s reliance on imports highlights the declining competitiveness of Indonesia’s domestic horticulture sector.
Java accounts for 70% of the country’s total vegetable production, while NTT is one of the lowest vegetable-producing provinces, contributing only 0.43% of Indonesia’s total vegetable production. While vegetable production in Papua is low, 68% of all farmers work in horticulture.
The challenges and constraints facing these farmers include: unfavourable environmental and climatic factors; poor farming practices; limited access to information on vegetable markets, prices, supply management, and weather conditions; poor quality seeds; over-supply at peak times; and poor post-harvest practices.
PRISMA will collaborate with private sector companies to improve productivity of vegetable farmers through Good Agricultural Practices and working with local input retailers to provide on-farm and off-farm extension services. PRISMA will also support private sector partners to develop innovative ways of disseminating information and knowledge to farmers, including the use of mobile applications. PRISMA will also focus on improving access to financial services for smallholder farmers by working with local financial institutions to develop appropriate financing packages.