Wednesday, 20 June 2018 | 05:12 WIB

Gov’t Set to Import 500,000 Tons of Rice by end of January

Commerce Minister Enggartiasto Lukita (centroone)

JAKARTA, NNC - The Indonesia Ministry of Commerce has kept its promise by allowing the import of 500,000 tons of rice to strengthen the domestic rice supply.

“I have conveyed that I do not want to take risks in supply shortage, thus I have sanctioned the import of rice not planted in Indonesia,” said Commerce Minister Enggartiasto Lukita in Jakarta on Thursday (01/11).

The imported rice will be sourced from Vietnam and Thailand.

The imported rice will be delivered to Indonesia by the end of this January to avoid disrupting the domestic rice harvest season on February-March.

The imported rice will be set at a price equivalent with medium quality rice.

In addition, Enggartiasto affirmed that his side’s decision to import rice was to address the issue on food supply shortage. He clarified that he did not want the issue of supply shortage to become a concern.

“We supply imported rice, as the issue on food is a priority,” the Minister affirmed.

Meanwhile, state-owned Perusahaan Perdagangan Indonesia (PPI) has been appointed as the importer of the imported rice from Vietnam and Thailand. (*)