Indonesia seeks to increase domestic rice production 10 million tonnes, agriculture minister says; country's output to reach 37.3 million tonnes in 2011/2012, up from 35.5 million tonnes last year, USDA says

LOS ANGELES , January 23, 2012 () – Indonesia is looking to increase domestic production of rice by 10 million tonnes, according to Agriculture Minister Suswono Asyaraf, Bloomberg reported Jan. 22.

The world’s third-largest rice consumer can produce 37 million tonnes, but the country needs more, Suswono said.

The country’s rice output will reach 37.3 million tonnes on a milled basis in 2011-2012, up from 35.5 million tonnes last year, according to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture estimates. Imports will total 1 million tonnes, down from 2.78 million tonnes a year ago, the USDA projects.

Indonesia is attempting to improve irrigation, reduce the use of chemical fertilizers and develop genetically-modified rice to increase yields and adapt to climate change, according to Suswono.

The primary source of this article is Bloomberg, New York, New York, on Jan. 22, 2012.

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