Mr. Geifrey Wiri, the Consul General of Papua New Guineas (PNG) to Indonesia, said his country was very lucky to import rice from Indonesian province of Papua, bordering PNG. “Indonesian rice is very cheap compared to the rice produced by other countries,” Wiri said here on Tuesday. The farmers in Merauke in the south of Indonesia produce cheap rice that would benefit his country immensely, he said. According to him, PNG mainly imports rice from Thailand and Vietnam. “The launch of Indonesian rice export to PNG is quite surprising to me, because this is the first time we are importing rice from Indonesia,” he stated. Indonesian rice export plan will be submitted to the government of Papua New Guinea, added Wiri.
Mr. Wiri along with two other PNG officials attended the launch of the Indonesian rice export by Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman in Merauke on 13th Feb. The minister had earlier invited the PNG government to import rice from Merauke. The minister advised Merauke district administration to not only export to PNG but also strive to increase rice exports to other countries. He added that the central government will continue to provide supports for agricultural infrastructure in Papua, especially in Merauke.