Saturday, December 27, 2008

Perum Bulog plan to export rice in the third-quarter 2009


Perum Bulog will start to export the rice in the third-quarter 2009 after obtain the certainty of rice production in 2009. The 2009 rice production is refer to forecast figures I and II of Central Statistics Agency data.

Director of Perum Bulog Mustafa Abubakar said, at this time many businessmen from various province ask to work together with Bulog to export rice. "But nowdays Bulog is the only institution which allowed to export rice. The exports made from single 'door' so easy to controlled, "said Mustafa in Year End Evaluation and Prospect Food Indonesia in 2009, on Tuesday (23/12/2008) in Jakarta.

According to Mustafa, the export can be done if Indonesia has a rice surplus production of 5 million tons. Surplus will be achieved when the rice production throughout 2009 had reached the target. Agriculture Dept had set up the rice production target in 2009 of 63.5 million tons of dried unhulled rice. Production of 63.5 million tons of dried unhulled rice is equivalent of 35.9 million net tons. The rice national consumption per year, around 30.9 million tons.

Export destination countries are Malaysia, the Philippines, East Timor, and Brunei. The rice export volume that can be exported with the surplus production of 5 million tons is estimated around 1 up to 1.5 million tons.

The Chairman of Organization Himpunan Kerukunan Tani Indonesia, Siswono Yudo Husodo give appreciation to the stakeholders in the national rice industry which has been able to increase the production so Indonesia not depend on rice import.

"This is our repetition export of rice surplus 24 years ago (1984)," he said. Nevertheless, Siswono reminded that the rice should be exported is a resulting from the harvest of the previous year. The exports should not be from a new harvest.