Indonesia: Rice production deficit reaches 2.8 million tons due to El Niño
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Published Feb 12, 2024
Indonesia is grappling with a 2.8 million ton deficit in farmer production due to the El Nino phenomenon disrupting planting and harvest schedules in January-February 2024. The government is responding by accelerating the loading and unloading of imported rice ships and expanding the distribution of SPHP rice to traditional and modern retail outlets. Despite these measures, the country is experiencing a surge in rice prices.
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REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- The National Food Agency (Bapanas) said that the El Nino phenomenon has affected the planting period and harvest schedule in Indonesia. This condition created a deficit between farmer production and consumption of 2.8 million tons in January-February this year. Head of Bapanas Arief Prasetyo Adi explained that the government is taking various steps to meet the needs of the community. Although, according to him, currently people have to face rising rice prices. "We really need more rice right now. The government is balancing the shortage due to no planting due to El Nino," said Arief to Republika, Sunday (11/2/2024). Arief explained that currently the government is speeding up the loading and unloading of ships carrying imported rice at several ports. There are 500 thousand tons of rice remaining from the 2023 import quota which is in the process of entering the Food Station. "Currently, Bulog's commercial rice is 200 thousand tons. This includes the 50 ...