Palembang, S Sumatra (ANTARA News) - The government would optimize the use of swamp area as agriculture land, Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman said here on Thursday.

The total swamp area in Indonesia has reached 34 million hectares across the country, of which 10 million hectares are ready to be used as agriculture land, Sulaiman stated in a coordinative meeting in Palembang.

The ability to manage the swamp area as agriculture land would improve the country`s food resilience, the minister added.

In South Sumatra Province, the ministry would focus on swamp land in Banyuasin District.

"I want swamp land in South Sumatra to be managed maximally, so that the region can become the national food barn," he remarked.

Commitment from local leaders is also needed to support the success of the food sufficiency program, Sulaiman noted.

Reporting by Ujang Idrus, Sri Haryati
Editing by Fardah

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