Jakarta: President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) today inaugurated a sugar factory in Bombana Regency, Southeast Sulawesi Province.
"We must appreciate this. It began three years ago. It has started production activities now," said President Jokowi.
The factory is operated by PT Prima Alam Gemilang. The company also has a sugar plantation in the region. The factory and plantation absorb up to 15,000 workers and have a production capacity of 800 to 1,200 tons of sugar per day.
President Jokowi hopes that the factory and plantation will be able to boost domestic sugar production. Indonesia needs around 5.8 million tons of sugar per year. However, Indonesia can only produce around 2.1 million tons of sugar per year.
"This sugar factory will help reduce imports. It can also help strengthen our currency and our current account balance," said Jokowi.
During the visit, The president was accompanied by Minister of Agriculture Syahrul Yasin Limpo, Minister of Industry Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung and Southeast Sulawesi Governor Ali Mazi.