Bulog struggles to import staple food as producing countries cap exports

first_img“With the COVID-19 outbreak, we expect that we must have maximum stocks,” Buwas said during an online hearing with House of Representatives Commission IV in Jakarta on Thursday. “We used to import from Thailand and Vietnam; now they have put restrictions on their exports. Thus, we have to maximize our domestic procurement.”The country’s current rice stocks are estimated to exceed consumption until the end of May by 8.3 million tons, according to data from the Agriculture Ministry.Bulog, in addition, plans to procure 950,000 tons of rice from local farmers for this year’s stocks.With Ramadan approaching and no end in sight to the COVID-19 outbreak, Bulog is anticipating a surge in demand for other staple ingredients, such as sugar. But disrupted logistics are hampering the agency’s efforts to ensure enough supplies. The State Logistics Agency (Bulog), the government institution tasked with securing national staple food stocks, is facing trouble importing rice, sugar and buffalo meat, as producing countries have restricted exports in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.Bulog, therefore, was planning to procure as much rice as possible from local farmers to ensure supplies during the outbreak as Vietnam, from which the agency occasionally imports hundreds of thousand tons of rice, had limited exports, said the agency’s head, Budi “Buwas” Waseso.Vietnam, the world’s third-largest rice exporter, has capped rice export volumes at 800,000 tons for the April-May period to ensure enough supplies for domestic use. India, another top rice exporter, has restricted its rice exports for the same reason. Sugar has been in short supply since the January, as reflected in rising prices. The average price of sugar in Jakarta rose by 20.62 percent to Rp 15,583 (96 US cents) per kilogram from February to March, according to data released on April 1 by Statistics Indonesia (BPS).To ensure enough supplies, the Trade Ministry gave Bulog a permit on Wednesday to import 50,000 tons of sugar. However, the producing countries, such as Australia, India and Thailand, were in lockdown.“The current situation is difficult because sugar producing countries are under lockdown and container ships are not operating as usual,” said Buwas, who has served as the agency’s head since 2018.In January, Bulog also requested a permit from the ministry to import buffalo meat from India, but by the time the ministry granted the permit, India, a top exporter of buffalo meat, had put the country in a state of lockdown.As of Thursday, Bulog has 113 tons of buffalo meat, according to data from the agency.“It was difficult because the permit came late,” said Buwas. “We initially planned to import the meat from Malaysia, which also bought from India earlier, but failed because they were also under a lockdown already.”“I am reminding the government to facilitate Bulog in obtaining the import permits, both for sugar and other commodities in short supply that the public needs,” Suhardi Duka, a Democratic Party politician from West Sumatera, said during the same online hearing on Thursday.Topics :last_img read more

The next big QLD building trend

first_img FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK Metricon created a special arm to help homeowners navigate council approvals for multiple occupancy homes.Mr Ryan warned not all lots were suited to dual occupancy and navigating council zoning and town planning requirements could be tedious.“There are precincts where dual occupancy is appropriate and others where it is not,” he said. “DualOcc by Metricon is designed to assist people through that journey.” Sydney and Melbourne had led the trend out, he said, particularly off extended families and investors. Home designs have changed to take into account bigger households again.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoIn Queensland interest was likely to increase as land supply dwindled and councils looked to alternatives for high-rise apartments, he said.“Councils need to be looking or other options to bring more density because not everyone wants to live in a tower and not everyone wishes to live in a townhouse.”Mr Ryan said major benefits of dual occupancy included additional density, and potential extra income at a time when house prices in Brisbane were increasing. “A growing group now want to explore what development is possible on their existing land.“One of the major advantages of dual occupancy homes is the potential to make more income from a single land title.”Dual occupancy developments were classed as two or more homes on a single block of land.The developments could be multi-dwellings with one behind the other, a duplex, side-by-side attached dwellings, or a combination of all those. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 MORE: Robin Bailey lists Brisbane home Creating homes that accommodate multiple generations or families will become more important for Queenslanders, according to Metricon.“Often it’s people whose blocks are zoned for dual occupancy or who might be looking to maximise the yield of their lot.“In other cases, people might have owned a lot for a while and the zoning has now changed.“In many instances people are looking to stay in one part of the dual occupancy property and rent or sell the other.”center_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:11Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:11 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen5 tips to style your home for sale01:12 Home building company Metricon is betting the next major trend in Queensland’s southeast corner will be dual occupancy homes.The next major home trend is being driven by house price rises, dwindling land supply, and buyers trying to make the most of their investment, according to a Queensland mega builder.Home building company Metricon is betting that dual occupancy homes will see the biggest demand going forward especially in South East Queensland. Sale of the century Wake up to ocean views Metricon’s Queensland general manager Peter Ryan said DualOcc — a specialist duplex and dual occupancy service — was created to simplify the approval and building process for property owners in Queensland and northern New South Wales.“We’ve seen a lot of requests for dual occupancy, particularly in areas like the Gold Coast and pockets of Moreton Shire,” he said.last_img read more

Boys Basketball

first_imgHigh school boys basketball practice started yesterday.  That means in two weeks they will be able to start playing games for real.  Here is a quick look at most of the local schools and what I see as an early season barometer.Batesville has 3 returning starters and all 3 are at least 6’6″ tall and Batesville has at least 3 other players with varsity experience.  They will be expected to have another good season.  East Central had no seniors last year, so they will have a lot of experience returning.  They still may not have a lot of size, but  look for them to do better than last year.  Franklin County has a new coach, and I am sure a new attitude which should prove a better season is in store for the Wildcat nation.Jac-Cen-Del, like Batesville, returns a lot of size and experience.  We will find out early how they stack up, because they play South Ripley in their first game and Batesville in the second.  The Eagles should have a very good year.  Milan returns size in the Meyer boy, but they lost a lot of experience in their graduating seniors.  Don’t count the Indians out!  South Ripley also graduated a lot of size but had a good core of young players, so I am sure they are looking for a winning season.Oldenburg Academy has Moorman and Geis to built upon and Coach Moorman helped them win their first sectional last year.  They should be more than just competitive again this year.  In Decatur County, the Greensburg Pirates lost 4 starters who led them to 2 straight championships.  Don’t feel sorry for them, because the cupboard is certainly not bare with talent with Welage and Foster among their returnees.  North Decatur was very young but talented last season, so they will be very competitive.  It should be a great year in area boys basketball.last_img read more