Reasons for the Government to Import Rice from Thailand –
The Indonesian government can not be separated from rice imports,
Although claimed to have excess rice, the government still imports rice, especially from Thailand.
The rice is then used as a stock by the government to anticipate various things
Including crop failure or for natural disaster relief that impacts on the community.
What is it that makes the government still import rice from outside;
Thai rice is cheaper than Indonesian rice
The reason the government buys rice from Thailand is because the price is cheaper than domestic rice,
It turns out the price of one kilo of rice is valued at 5,000 rupiah.
Rice imports are also durable
Besides being cheaper, rice which is mostly imported from Thailand and Vietnam is also more durable when stored in a number of government-owned warehouses.
Reasons for the Government to Import Rice from Thailand
The government has improved the logical distribution system
At present the government has tried to improve the national logistical system both in the seerat and the sea.
There are still many food mafias
We know that the food mafia in Indonesia has yet to be cleansed.
Because these companies actually buy products from Bulog and PT Pertani in large volumes.
According to the government they still cannot eradicate the food mafia,
Because they have capital and also have several networks.
Every year Indonesia imports rice
Indonesia every year brings rice from Thailand to meet domestic needs.
In 1998 and 1999 Indonesia was hit by a financial crisis and Indonesia imported massive rice from Thailand.
The volume of imports from Thailand is the third largest since 1999.
Meanwhile in 2020, the Indonesian government through the Ministry of Agriculture (Kementan)
Estimates that national rice production this year will still be able to meet domestic needs.
Although national rice availability is still estimated to be sufficient, the Ministry of Agriculture does not cover the existence of some food insecure areas,
Namely areas whose food production is lower than consumption.