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Indonesia needs 15 new factories to achieve sugar self-sufficiency: Minister

  • Asip Hasani

    The Jakarta Post

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Blitar, East Java   /   Tue, October 15, 2019   /  03:49 pm
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A farmer worker loads freshly harvested sugarcane onto a truck during this year's harvest season in Purwosekar village in Malang, East Java. The Agriculture Ministry has said that up to 15 new sugar factories were needed for Indonesia to achieve self-sufficency in sugar production.(JP/Aman Rochman)

Indonesia needs to build up to 15 new sugar factories in the next five years to meet the demand for refined sugar  for the domestic food and beverage industry, the agriculture minister said during a recent visit to a sugar factory in Blitar, East Java. “We have to build 10 to 15 new sugar factories in the next five years. If this is realized, we will achieve self-sufficiency in sugar production,” Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman told reporters on Oct. 9 in Blitar. He said that increasing domestic sugar production was an important government program, with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo urging the private sector to build 10 new sugar factories during his first term in office. “Alhamdulillah [Praise be to God], the plan to build 10 factories has been realized. We could previously produce only 2.5 million tons of sugar and were short 300,000 to ...