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Government to lift import duties on staple foods
Jakarta Post - January 20, 2011
Esther Samboh, Jakarta -- The government will soon abolish import dutiesfor 30 staple commodities starting from the end of this month amid risingconcerns over a possible food supply shortage at home and surging foodprices in the world market.
Trade Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said Wednesday that the commoditiesincluded wheat, animal feed, fertilizer, soybean as well as many others.
"There will be a time frame for the scrapping of the import duties, soonce global food prices have stabilized, there will be an evaluation as towhen it would be revoked," Mari told reporters after a meeting at theOffice of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy in Jakarta.
Coordinating Minister for the Economy Hatta Rajasa said the FinanceMinistry would issue a regulation on Thursday (today) on the abolishmentof the import tariffs of these 13 commodities.
"The team has suggested 30 types of staple commodities that are all food-related. We want to safeguard the people's needs as well as theindustries' at the same time," Hatta told reporters at the same event.
Mari added that the regulation would be similar to that in 2008, when thefinance minister issued a new ruling to stabilize prices in the midst ofsurging food prices. The United Nation's food agency has said that foodprices hit a new high last month, even higher than prices in 2008.
Surging food prices have resulted in mounting inflationary pressures, withheadline inflation reaching a 20-month high of almost 7 percent inDecember mainly due to a nearly 18 percent spike in volatile food prices.
The government is also finalizing a presidential regulation on theprocurement of fertilizers and seeds. "This is regulated in a presidentialregulation to ensure food stocks and supply so that extreme weather willnot delay planting season," he added.
Hatta has also said that the government would intensify market operationsto ensure food stocks and supply as well as to stabilize prices. "Socialsecurity programs, rice subsidy and a low-cost market will be mobilizedand intensified as soon as possible," he added.
State-Owned Enterprises Minister Mustafa Abubakar urged state-ownedenterprises to organize a low-cost market and sell staple foods at lowprices in the hopes of stabilizing the surging food prices.
"There are a number of state firms spread throughout the archipelago.Their role in keeping prices stable has been effective, so we want toutilize them to sell rice, cooking oil, sugar and other staple food at lowprices," he said, adding that he hoped the markets would open at thebeginning of February at the latest.
Food security program
1. Abolishing import duties for 30 types of staple commodities such aswheat, animal feed and fertilizer.
2. Allocating Rp 3 trillion to mitigate impacts from climate change and tocurb prices through market operations.
3. Procuring 1.5 million tons of rice through State Logistics Agency(Bulog), partly through imports.
4. Providing 1,000 dryers in rice production centers across the country.
5. Developing 2 million hectares of agricultural land in Sumatra,Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Merauke (Papua).
6. Procuring fertilizer and seeds for farmers through a presidentialregulation.
7. Giving Bulog flexibility to buy unhusked rice from farmers through apresidential regulation.