BOMBANA, presidentpost.id – Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman has said there are 17 investors interested in building sugar factories with total investment value of Rp41.44 trillion.
The sugar factories will be built in six locations, supported by sugarcane plantations with a productivity target of 140 tons per hectare.
“We will develop sugarcane plantations equipped with sugar processing plants in six locations of Bombana, Lamongan, East Sumba, Sumbawa, Lampung and Ogan Komelir Ilir. The production target is 140 tons of sugar per hectare,” he said on Wednesday (9/12).
Amran further said that the construction of six sugar processing plants will make Indonesia self-sufficient in sugar and no longer need to import it by 2020.
Director General of Plantations of the Agriculture Ministry, Bambang, added that the construction of the factories is one of the steps to boost the domestic sugar production.
“Last year we produced 2.2 million tons of sugar, while this year the target is 3.8 million tons. One way to increase the production is by building sugar factories,” he said.
According to Bambang, currently the project has been in the stage of planting the seedlings in the sugarcane plantations.
“No factory has been built yet. Now we are focusing on producing high quality of sugarcane seedlings planted in well-managed plantations with enough water and fertilizers to increase the productivity,” he concluded. (DTK/TPP)