October 22, 2008

Indonesia succeeds in reducing imports of corn


Indonesia has succeeded in cutting imports of corn in the past two years with an increase in domestic production, said an official.


Last year, the country imported only 400,000 tonnes of corn down from 600,000 tonnes in the previous year.


This year, the country's corn production is forecast to reach 18 million tonnes, up from 14.8 million tonnes in 2007, said Agriculture Minister Anton Apryantono.


Anton said that increase is present in corn production centers like East Java, Central Java, Lampung, North Sumatra and South Sulawesi.


The increase in production will make the country self sufficient in corn supply, the minister was quoted as saying by the newspaper Investor daily.