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Jakarta Post

Farmers union bows down over disastrous climate

  • Ridwan Max Sijabat

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 25 2010   /  10:55 am

On the back of the prolonged rainy season and its impact on crops, the Indonesian Farmers Association (HKTI) has given its consent on the government’s plan to import food commodities, given a transparent process is in place.

HKTI chairman Prabowo Subianto said last week that the government must be transparent in importing rice, sugar and wheat to prevent abuses in the market, which could damage the livelihood of more than 80 million farmers nationwide.

“The government must be transparent on when and how the import will be conducted and the imported rice and sugar must not affect the prices of domestic products,” he said after the inauguration of HKTI’s patron board Thursday.

Previously, Agriculture Minister Suswono revealed before the House of Representatives that the government had no other choice but to import rice, sugar and wheat to maintain food security...