PTPN III aims for self-sufficiency in sugar production

However, with the area planted twice as large as before, current sugar production has not reached 3 million tons. Indonesia, which exported 2 million tonnes of sugar, currently imports 2 million tonnes

Batang, C Java (ANTARA) – State-owned plantation company PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) III has said it aims to ensure Indonesia achieves self-sufficiency in sugar production by 2025, in line with the program to term of President Joko Widodo.

To achieve self-sufficiency in sugar production, PTPN III will make every effort to improve domestic sugar mills, expand sugarcane plantations and collaborate with regional governments and the public, the chief executive officer of PTPN III said Thursday. PTPN III, Abdul Ghani, in Batang, Central Java.

Indonesia exported 2 million tons of sugar in 1930 while its sugar production was 3 million tons, he pointed out.

“However, with the area of ​​plantations reaching twice as much as before, the current sugar production has not reached 3 million tons. Indonesia, which exported 2 million tons of sugar, currently imports 2 million tons. sugar,” he said.

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He said PTPN III had internal discussions with the Minister of Public Enterprises to help the nation achieve self-sufficiency in sugar production by 2025.

“Based on the directives of the Minister of Public Enterprises, we then designed a sugar processing program,” he added.

The former Pekalongan residence, which initially had 19 sugar factories, now has only one, PG Sragi, he noted.

“That’s what we’re going to improve. Although we are unlikely to build 19 sugar mills, two or three sugar mills will be enough to integrate the northern coastal area of ​​Central Java into the region to achieve self-sufficiency in sugar production,” he said. informed.

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Rachel J. Bradford