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Jakarta Post

Ministry eyes zero corn imports for feed industry

  • Stefani Ribka

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 13 2017   /  12:22 am

After reducing corn imports by 60 percent for the feed industry last year, the government aims for zero imports this year on the back of an expansion of plantations and the use of newly invented “Nasa 29” seeds.The Agriculture Ministry aims to increase corn production to 25.2 million tons, up 8.6 percent from the 23.2 million tons produced last year, to suffice national demand at around 20 million tons, including for the feed
industry.“With the increase in production, the ministry is upbeat about the target of zero imports,” said Agung Hendriadi, head of public relations at the ministry, to The Jakarta Post recently.The ministry has allocated Rp 2.4 trillion (US$179.37 million) this year to assist farmers in opening up another 3 million hectares of new corn plantations, including 1 million ha on oil palm and rubber estates in Sumatra and Kalimantan.The budget translates to Rp...