Indonesia – Sugar self-sufficiency would require additional 350,000 ha

Indonesia would require more than 350,000 ha of extra sugarcane farmland to meet its objective for sugar self-sufficiency, way more than the 450,000 ha cultivated now, Agriculture Minister Suswono said.

The country, which has a rising population of more than 240 mln, last year abandoned a 2014 self-sufficiency target for white sugar and has been struggling to meet similar aims for staples corn, beef, rice and soybeans.