Jakarta’s KOMPAS.com reports Indonesia’s Minister of Agriculture Andi Amran Sulaiman met with several ministers from Pacific namely the Republic of Fiji Islands, Samoa, and the Republic of Vanuatu, in Jakarta this week to discuss the interest of importing rice from Indonesia at 1 US dollar per kilogram, approximately 100 vatu.
“The price of rice they import is currently Rp 23,000 per kilogram or 2 US dollars per kilogram, and we offer 1 US dollar, they are willing to import,” he said through an official statement today.
The rice to be exported to these three island nation will be taken from the rice harvest in the Merauke region with a land area of 10,000 hectares.
Minister of Agriculture said that the export of rice to the three countries with low prices is an inter-business strategy.
Nevertheless, Amran has not explained more details about the amount of export that will be done and when the trade will start.
The Minister of Agriculture reaffirms that it will not affect the stock of rice in Indonesia which until now is available at 1.7 to 1.8 million tons.
In addition to their meeting, they discussed the cooperation of agriculture in improving the quality and ability of agricultural human resources.