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Indonesian Government: No Plan to Import Rice in 2012

11 January 2012

INDONESIA - The government says it has no plans to import rice this year as stockpiles are sufficient.

Coordinating Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa said the government would wait for the latest delivery of last year’s rice imports, which was scheduled for February, reports the Jakarta Post.

“Imports are not being planned, but it is something that we will monitor,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

Throughout the past year, the Central Logistics Agency (Bulog) — which has the task of securing the country’s rice supply — has committed to buying 1.9 million tonnes of rice from Thailand, Vietnam and India with the latest shipment expected next month.

The imported rice adds to 1.8 million tonnes of rice purchased from local farmers for Bulog’s stockpiles.

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