Declining Trends, Sugar Industry in Indonesia Increasingly Unhealthy

By : Ridwan And Aldi Firhand. A | Thursday, March 29 2018 - 20:10 IWST

Illustration of Refined Sugar (ist)
Illustration of Refined Sugar (ist) - Jakarta, Chairman of the Advisory Council of President Sri Adiningsih saw the sugar problem has been happening in Indonesia long enough. In fact, Indonesia was once the largest sugar exporter in the world.

"It's been a while since we have sugar problems, sugar is sweet but the temptation is also sweet and is a strategic food and demand is increasing," said Sri Adiningsih in the event of 'National Seminar on Sugar Problems' held by Gadjah Mada Univeraitas in Jakarta, Thursday (29/3/2018).

According to her, one problem that is become attention is the decrease in the area of ​​sugar cane in Indonesia.

"From year to year, the area of ​​sugar cane is decreasing, compared to the productivity of the whole world, Indonesia's sugar cane is not bad, but it is not good," she explained.

Currently, Sri continued, domestic sugarcane productivity trend continues to decline. In addition, the production of white crystal sugar Indonesia also continues to decline trend.

"This is a big challenge for us, until the end of the year is expected to increase crystal white sugar production," said Sri.

On the one hand, added Sri, demand for sugar in Indonesia continues to grow. Every year the average growth of sugar demand in Indonesia reaches 1 percent.

"Imagine, one side goes down on the other side of the demand is increase. This is become concern from the government to immediately find a solution of sugar problems," he said.

Sri hoped that through the 'National Seminar on Sugar Problems' this could provide inputs for the government to find a way out of sugar problems that have been long enough to experience.

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