Minister says no imports of rice, corn, onion and chili

Kendari, SE Sulawesi (ANTARA News) – Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman said there has been no imports of rice, corn, onion and chili by the country so far this year.

Until August, there was no plan to import rice, corn, onion and chili, the minister told reporter here after heading a coordinating meeting with regional and district administrations in Southeast Sulawesi.

In the past years the government imported up to 2.5 million tons of the four commodities until August, he said.

Amran attributed the success in reaching self sufficiency in the four commodities to hard work by stakeholders in supporting development of the countrys farming sector.

He said the government would seek to regain the countrys past glory as a spice country by allocating Rp5.5 trillion for the development of the sector all over the country.

In the regency of Konawe Selatan, the minister promised that the government would provide a budget of Rp2 trillion to finance development of sugar factory the largest in eastern Indonesia.

Source: Antara News