Young Indonesians turn to farming, offering hope for country's agriculture sector

Mr Agung Wedhatama set up a community called Cool Young Farmers, which now has 2,000 members.
Mr Agung Wedhatama set up a community called Cool Young Farmers, which now has 2,000 members.PHOTO: AGUNG WEDHATAMA

JAKARTA - Some young Indonesians are abandoning comfortable desk-bound jobs in the city to toil on the land as farmers.

In tourism hot spot Bali, Mr Agung Wedhatama, who has a master's degree in information technology, decided to do so in 2013 when he was 29, leaving behind the IT business that he had set up.

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