Indonesia to export corn to Malaysia


Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman said Indonesia has agreed to export 3 million tons of corn grains to Malaysia in the next three years.

"Malaysia would be ready to import corn from Indonesia," Amran said after a meeting with Malaysian Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Dato' Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek here on Friday.

Malaysia has wholly relied on import for corn importing the commodity mainly from Argentina and the United States.

Amran said Indonesia would export corn only after domestic requirement is fully met, but was convinced that Indonesia could export corn to Malaysia in three years.

He said the two countries agree to grow corn in the border area of Entikong in West Kalimantan and Sarawak across the border in Malaysia.

The corn fields would be 50,000 hectares that could be expanded to 100,000 hectares in Entikong and 60,000 hectares in Sarawak, he said.

Amran said and his Malaysian counterpart would start the planting in Entikong in the middle of this year.

"Malaysia has been almost 100 percent dependent on import from far off countries. We think the project is not impossible based on the initiative of Indonesia," Dato' Sri Achmad said.

Indonesia also agreed to supply organic rice and live cows to Malaysia.


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