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Indonesia could export rice if consumption is reduced
Asia Pulse, February 25, 2004
Agriculture Minister Bungaran Saragih said Indonesia would be able to export millions of tons of rice each year if the people could cut their rice consumption by 50 per cent. "If our consumption of rice is only 110 kg per capita annually, we will be able to export millions of tons of rice.

The current consumption of rice is still 135 kg per capita per year or the same with the total of Japan's consumption of rice 35 years ago," he said on the sidelines of a dialogue with farmers on Saturday.
He said the people's consumption of rice was too high, causing the country's need for rice to be high also.

"Even if the rice produced by the country reached over 53 million tons, we will remain importing rice because the number of people eating rice is 220 million."

The minister mentioned Japan as an example where the people as a whole only consumed 60 kg per capita per year.

"Imagine how big our export of rice would be if we ate as litle rice as the Japanese do," he said.

According to him, reducing the people's dependence on rice would also save foreign exchange and make the body more healthy as the food consumed would be more variative.

"We can eat potatoes, corn, cassava and other variative food. Let us not stop our dependence on rice," he said.

"The effort to eat non-rice foods will cut the state's spendings on rice, thus helping improve the income of farmers as it is not necessary any more for us to grow rice every year," he said.
MGR Archive 25.2.2004
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