RI Plans to Import 2 Million Tons of Rice from Thailand

The government is poised to import two million tons of rice from Thailand if production and the looming harvest season fail to meet domestic rice needs.

Rinaldi Azka

20 Feb 2024 - 17.49
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RI Plans to Import 2 Million Tons of Rice from Thailand

Illustration - Rice trading activities at the Cipinang Main Market./Bisnis-Dwi Rachmawati.

Bisnis, JAKARTA — The National Food Agency (Bapanas) unveiled that Indonesia will import up to two million tons of rice from Thailand if there is still a shortage of domestic production.

Bapanas Chief Secretary Sarwo Edhy mentioned that the plan to import rice from Thailand is aimed at addressing the high prices of this staple food, which may even increase further.

"This could be an anticipation through coordination meetings and cabinet meetings with the approval of the President and ministers. Last year [imports amounted to] 2.8 million tons; this year the plan is two million tons, but if domestic production is sufficient, then the import won't proceed,” Sarwo said during a visit to Bandung, as quoted by Antara on Monday (2/19/2024).

Sarwo attributed recent surges in rice prices to high production costs and the impact of the 2023 El Nino, which caused delays in planting.

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