Indonesian government aims to increase sugar production

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Aiming to increase sugar production, the Indonesia government is trying to attract investment in the sugar sector. The country wants to control the sugar price hike which has risen due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the local media report, the Agriculture Ministry is planning to increase sugarcane plantation on 200,000 hectares of land on Java Island through state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and land expansion of 50,000 hectares of land outside Java with private businesses for sugarcane plantations. Indonesia has set a target to raise sugar output by around 676,000 tons by 2023 reducing the reliance on sugar imports.

Syahrul Yasin Limpo, Agriculture Minister said, “We are searching the land for increasing sugarcane cultivation outside Java as the available land is not sufficient to increase sugar output.”

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