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After 76 years of independence, Indonesia is still shackled to food imports

Updated Aug 16, 2021
Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia - Tomorrow, the Republic of Indonesia (RI) will celebrate its 76th anniversary. Even though it has been more than 3/4 century, in fact, Indonesia is still struggling to get out of the shackles of food imports.
The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) noted that since January-June 2021 or throughout the first semester of 2021, Indonesia has imported food of up to US$ 6.13 billion or equivalent to Rp. 88.21 trillion. Food commodities imported by Indonesia consist of various types of meat, milk, coffee, tea, to foodstuffs such as chili, garlic, pepper, soybeans. In addition, there is also corn, wheat, wheat flour, cooking oil, butter, potatoes, coconut, palm oil, to various types of spices also imported by Indonesia, such as cloves, cocoa, tobacco, and cassava. Here are some food commodities that are often imported: Sugar Sugar imports continue to increase from year to year. At least until this year, 3.2 million tons of sugar must be imported for the raw material needs of the food and beverage industry. "Not yet soy, milk, we currently have 80 percent of imported milk raw materials, while investment in the dairy sector is large and even foreign investors are interested in it," said General ...
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