October 31, 2011

[Indonesian] State Logistics Agency’s Search for Rice in Cambodia

[TEMPO Interactive]

Jakarta -- The Indonesian government does not only rely on countries like Vietnam and Thailand for rice supply. The State Logistics Agency (Bulog) also looks for supply in other countries which has sufficient reserves. Bulog CEO Soetarto Alimoeso said that his office is currently exploring the possibility to sign rice imports contract with Cambodia.

“We’ve gone through all [procedures]. I even have signed a contract with the Cambodian Trade Ministry,” Soetarto told TEMPO on Sunday. Soetarto said that he had met the Cambodian ambassador to Indonesia in order to discuss about cooperation in short-term and long-term rice provision.

Bulog considers Cambodia to have more than sufficient rice reserves. The country’s overproduction reached 2 million tonnes while there are only 14 million citizens in the country.

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