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Jakarta Post

Bulog’s 2.3 million tons of rice at risk of spoilage

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 4, 2019   /  05:10 pm
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Workers carry sacks of medium quality rice at a warehouse belonging to the State Logistics Agency (Bulog) in Purwasari, Karawang, West Java. The agency wants a bigger role in the distribution of rice for the poor.(Antara/M Ibnu Chazar)

Some 2.3 million tons of rice stocked at the State Logistics Agency’s (Bulog) warehouses is at risk of spoilage as the agency is facing difficulties in distributing its stocks as a result of its minimal role in the government-implemented non-cash food assistance program (BPNT) for the poor, an official has said. “As the rice distributed under the BPNT comes from free market, we are facing difficulties in distributing our stocks. Our rice stocks, therefore, are now at risk of spoilage,” president director Budi “Buwas” Waseso said on Tuesday. He said the distribution difficulties also meant Bulog would struggle to absorb more rice from farmers when the domestic market was oversupplied because 85 percent of its warehouses all around the country were full. “We have almost no space left in our warehouses, which have a total capacity of only 2.7 mil...