Rapid population growth to affect basic necessities
Sat, November 2 2013
Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Indonesias rapid population growth poses a great challenge to the country as it works to provide the populations basic necessities, including clothing, foods and shelter, a superior education and proper health services.
Further, rapid population growth may slow national development, and therefore the government must seriously address this problem by putting in place family planning programs.
The population in a country is the most basic asset needed to implement development, but uncontrolled population growth might become an obstacle to assuring economic growth.
“A shockingly large population that isnt offset by adequately high-quality human resources could create another, more serious, problem,” National Family Planning and Population Board (BKKBN) Chief Fasli Jalal said here on Thursday.
Indonesias population boom is becoming increasingly alarming because it is not balanced by adequate human resources, noted Fasli.
The total population in Indonesia was last recorded at 245.9 million in 2012, but Jalal said that in 2013 it is projected to reach 250 million, with a growth rate of 1.49 percent per year, or an increase of four to five million people.
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