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Indonesia to export rice, provide agriculture training to Pacific countries

Staff Writer |
The Indonesian government will ship rice to Fiji, Vanuatu and Samoa and provide agriculture training to the three nations in the Pacific.

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Indonesian Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman said that Indonesia will export rice whose price is cheaper than those in the three countries.

"The price of their rice is about $2 per kilogram, and we offered them $1 per kilogram. They agreed," Sulaiman said at the Agricultural Ministry.

The government will send horticultural experts to the three island nations to give training in intensification of farming, he said, adding that aims to help the nations in advancing their agricultural sectors.

Indonesia produced 79.1 million tons of rice last year, rising from 75.4 million tons in the preceding year, according to data of the Agricultural Ministry.

For this year, the government expects 78 million tons of rice output.

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