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Indonesia likely to import rice after El Nino hits harvest

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Staff writer ▼ | September 21, 2015
The Indonesian government is likely to ship rice from overseas as El Nino causes failure in harvests at some areas, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said.
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Climate   El Nino has triggered drought and prolonged harvest
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El Nino has triggered drought and prolonged harvest as well as disturbed cultivation in paddy rice fields.

Vice President Kalla said that the country's rice outputs may not be sufficient for the compliance of the demand of most of the country's 250 million populations.

"Therefore, we are open on possibility for rice importation. We must be open. This is a problem of drought."

Mr. Kalla argued that the country's rice stockpile is not sufficient to meet with rice demand of the population.

"The rice stockpile at the national logistic agency is only 1.5 million tons, while the demand of whole of the population is 2.5 to 3 million tons," he said.

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