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.
Minister of Social Affairs (Mensos) Khofifah Indar Parawansa, ensure the national rice stock still safe until February 2016 to face drought and El Nino cycle.
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).
The government must change the paradigm of the public not to assume that people should always eat rice to meet their food needs. The reason, many foodstuffs can be to substitute the rice.