Indonesia to ramp up corn exportation to increase productivity

Bapanas will export as much as 200,000 tons in Q1. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Indonesia is planning to export corn to Vietnam, the Philippines, and Malaysia in 2023, according to Head of the National Food Agency (Bapanas), Arief Prasetyo Adi

Bapanas will export as much as 200,000 tons in Q1.

Adi met with ambassadors of export target countries to discuss the plan and address the challenges that must be overcome by Bapanas. Namely, the transportation of corn from one ship to the other was one of the key areas of focus. To develop a solution, the government allocated Rp 2 trillion (approx. US$131.8mn) of investment funds.

The Government also planned to carry out efficiency measures in all lines of corn supply line activities, starting from harvest, post-harvest process, storage, and transportation and distribution thorugh the use of digital technology in precision agriculture.

According to coordinating Minister for economic affairs, Airlangga Hartarto, there is high potential for the upstreaming of the corn industry for processed food production such as corn starch, corn vermicelli, corn grits, corn sweetener, and snacks.