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Indonesia to expand rice program

18-Jun-2012

Indonesia is expanding its 'one day without rice' programme nationwide to speed up plans to diversify food, said Achmad Suryana, head of the Food Safety Agency.

The programme, which sets aside one day each week for Indonesian's to forego rice, aims to reduce Indonesians' dependence on rice as staple food.

The per capita rice consumption rate for Indonesia is 139kg annually while for cereals (rice, maize and wheat) the rate is 316g per capita daily. The Expected Food Standards Pattern should be 275g daily.

The government is working to change the people's food consumption pattern by changing the mindset toward a diverse diet that is nutritionally balanced, safe and clean and lower average per capita rice consumption by 1.5% annually.