Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Import Rice: President said No Way, VP said No Problem

On his state visit to India, president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the rice that already shipped from Vietnam should be kept away from Indonesian ports. But in Jakarta this morning VP Jusuf Kalla defended the policy saing it is just normal to import rice as government would not risk the national supply.
Yesterday, the house of representatives (DPR) decided to reject the import in a hearing with agriculture minister Anton Apriyantono. Most political parties rejected the policy and asked government to scrap the decision to import rice from Vietnam. Apriyantono also opposes the import.
Earlier this week, newspapers reported that minister of trade Mari Pangestu has decided to import about 70,000 tonnes of rice from Vietnam to ensure the national rice reserve. The decision was made following a rice deal between the two governments.
The Indonesian Farmers Association (HKTI) opposes the government's plan to permit the state logistics agency Bulog to import rice, HKTI chairman



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