02 November, 2012
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:The
Indonesian government will import 1.1 million tons of rice from
Cambodia in two stages: 100,000 tons in December and 1 million tons
An agreement was signed in Jakarta on Oct.31 between Deddy Saleh,
director general of Foreign Trade, Trade Ministry and Sutarto Alimoeso,
chief of State Logistic Agency (Bulog) and Thon Virak, chairman of
Green Trade, representing the Cambodian Trade Ministry, and Noorhisham
bin Nordin, CEO of Chamalay Foods, an exporter designated by the
Deddy said that not all of the rice will be brought to Indonesia.
“Bulog can operate in Cambodia later on and keep the rice as supply
there. It can be used for commercial purposes or imported to meet
Indonesia’s domestic demands," he said.
Virak said that his country has always enjoyed a surplus. "Our prices are competitive and our rice is quality organic," he said.
Noorhisham said that Indonesia will benefit from the arrangement
because Cambodian rice is much cheaper than that from Vietnam and
Thailand because the rice that Indonesia buys from those two countries
actually originates from Cambodia.