19 Jan '12, 12pm

Eat less rice, Indonesians urged

Eat less rice, Indonesians urged

INDONESIA: Indonesians are being urged to eat less rice and shift to alternative sources of staple foods. The Trade Minister said this is because they are eating more rice than the country can currently produce. But experts say the solution lies with getting more Indonesians out of poverty. In Indonesia, a meal without rice is not considered a meal -- a reflection of the extent Indonesians depend on rice as their staple diet. Rice is so intrinsic in the Indonesian diet, they can have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Even popular American fast-food restaurants in Indonesia serve rice. So, it is no surprise that Indonesians are the world's largest consumers of rice on a per capita per year basis. But the 'rice habit' has turned Indonesia from the world's third-biggest producer of rice to a net importer. Indonesia's Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan said he believes the situati...

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