Indonesia to open its market for Indian rice
The Trade Minister of Indonesia Thomas Lembong told Indian Ambassador Gurjit Singh that President Jokowi Joko Widodo has decided to include India in the list of countries from which import of rice can be authorised and market access for pharmaceuticals and bovine meat can be granted.
The Indian Embassy in Jakarta has been striving hard to seek a G2G channel for export of rice to Indonesia. Both sides are about to strike a deal for supply of rice to Indonesia.
Singh said that given the steadfast relationship between the two countries, India will standby with Indonesia to overcome the rice shortage due to drought, a statement said.
This is a big breakthrough for India, the world's biggest rice producer after China, as it will be diversifying its export basket to Indonesia with which there is a huge trade deficit, the statement said. ■