2014 rice surplus target delayed

Thu, 03/08/2012 - 07:38

The Ministry of Agriculture said that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s target for the country to achieve a 10 million-ton rice surplus by 2014 looks increasingly impossible to be realized.

Vice Minister of Agriculture Rusman Heriawan said on Wednesday that due to various lingering problems related to poor infrastructure facilities, fertilizer and seeds, the target must be delayed.

The Office of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy has approved the request for a delay, and decided a new target of 2015.  Under this scenario, rice production growth in 2012 is expected to reach 3.20 percent, and 4.15 percent per year from 2013-2015. (rei)

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