Jakarta — The government is working to reduce people’s dependency on rice by promoting other sources of carbohydrates because rice consumption per capita is still much higher than in other Asian countries. The head of the Agriculture Ministry’s Food and Sovereignty Agency, Agung Hendriadi, said the government would promote the planting of various kinds of tubers such as yam (gembili), arrowroot (garut), cassava as well as corn and sago as alternative sources of carbohydrate. “This diversification program is part of our effort to reduce people’s dependency on rice,” said Agung, in Jakarta on Wednesday (25/10). The Agriculture Ministry shows that Indonesia’s rice consumption per capita is estimated to be still 124 kilograms this year, compared to South Korean people, who consume 40 kg, Japan (50 kg), Thailand (70 kg) and Malaysia (80 kg). Although rice consumption per capita is still high, Indonesia has managed to reduce people’s dependency on rice because in 2010, per capita rice consumption was at 130 kg, and 124 kg in 2014. Agung said the government’s target next year was to reduce rice consumption per capita to 90 kg per year. “Ideally, we have to reduce rice consumption per capita to 50 kg per year, but it’s already good if we can reduce it to 90 kg,” he added.