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Indonesia mulls hiked raw sugar imports

INDONESIA'S raw sugar imports could more than double to 5.4 million tonnes in 2013 from 2.5 million tonnes last year after heavy rains hit domestic output, an industry body said yesterday.

"Total imports could reach 5.4 million tonnes as there is a weather anomaly and there's no increase in plantation areas," said Achmad Widjaja, secretary general of the Indonesian Sugar Association.

Imports for this year were earlier estimated at 2.85 million tonnes.

Another association official said Indonesian sugar production would probably stand at 2.6 million tonnes this year, largely unchanged from 2.58 million tonnes in 2012. That is down from recent trimmed estimates of 2.71 million tonnes.

"The climate is not so good. I think we are lucky if we can reach 2.6 million tonnes (of production). There is so much rain," said Executive Director Tito Pranolo.

It buys raw sugar from Brazil, Thailand and Australia.

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It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

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