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Plan to change grading standard upsets local sugar producers

  • Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, December 26, 2019   /  12:59 pm
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Workers watch a truck unload sugarcane at the PG Blora sugar mills in Blora, Central Java.(JP/Suherdjoko)

Sugar producers and farmers have expressed their concern that the plan to modify color grading standards for imported raw sugar will result in an increase in the illegal sale of imported raw sugar in the domestic market. Indonesia Sugar Association (AGI) advisor Yadi Yusriadi said the change in the color grading standard would make imported raw sugar look almost identical in color to locally-produced white crystal sugar, making it easier for culprits to “leak” it into the open market. As a result, consumers would buy cheaper imported sugar instead of locally produced sugar, making it even harder for local producers and farmers to compete with cheaper imported sugar, Yadi said on Dec. 19. Imported sugar should, instead, be used for industry, but importers often violate the regulation and sell the imported sugar in the open market.  “What we are concerned...