IDXChannel - The Bulog Public Corporation (Perum Bulog) has received an assignment from the National Food Agency (Bapanas) to import as much as 500,000 tons of rice in order to maintain the Government's Rice Reserves (CBP).
The Assignment Letter of the Head of the National Food Agency (Bapanas) Arief Prasetyo Adi to Perum Bulog was issued on March 24, 2023. The decision was made after a meeting with President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).
"We have assigned Perum Bulog to procure government rice reserves (CBP) from abroad amounting to 2 million tons by the end of December 2023. The procurement of the first 500,000 tons will be carried out as soon as possible," Arief wrote in the letters, as quoted on Monday (27/3/2023).
Nevertheless, in the letter, Arief also emphasized that Bapanas still asked Perum Bulog to optimize the absorption of domestic production, especially during the March-May 2023 harvest period.
The policy was also confirmed by the Corporate Secretary of Perum Bulog Awaludin Iqbal.
"That's right, 2 million tons of rice for one year, in stages, the first phase is 500,000 tons," he said when contacted by MNC Portal Indonesia (MPI).