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IPB: National Rice Reserve Ideally Four Million Tons

Agricultural experts Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) Dwi Andreas Santosa, said the government should increase the national rice reserve up to four million tonnes to anticipate the impact of the El Nino drought.

Anticipation of El Nino, the Government Strengthens Rice Reserve

The impact of El Nino is predicted to disrupt rice production this season. Availability of government rice reserves needed to anticipate the needs of staple foods.

According to Deputy Production Statistics Central Statistics Agency (BPS), Adi Lumaksono, El Nino in October will affect rice production next year. "So, we have strengthened reserves at end of the year," said Adi, Thursday (06/08/2015).