June 18, 2014


El Nino to drive Indonesia's 2014 corn imports above 3.6 million tonnes



Indonesia's corn imports are expected to rise by at least 22% in 2014 and top the previous record of 3.6 million tonnes as a result of dry weather from a possible El Nino weather pattern, according to the Indonesian Feedmills Association.


"Corn import this year is estimated at record high, surpassing 3.6 million tonnes," Franciscus Xaverius Sudirman, chairman of the Indonesian Feedmills Association, told reporters on Tuesday, adding that last year's shipments were 2.95 million tonnes.


"With El Nino coming, our domestic corn output will be impacted and our corn import will be higher than previously estimated." Mainly used as animal feed, Indonesia expects domestic corn output to climb 12% to 20.82 million tonnes this year.


El Nino is a weather phenomenon that usually brings dry conditions to Southeast Asia, which is expected to develop probably around mid-year.