Indonesia will likely import rice, to decide by June: Minister

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Indonesia will likely need to import rice but won't decide how much it will buy until around early June, a senior government official said on Tuesday. "Whether or not we will import, I think we will, but how much will be decided at the end of May or early June," said Chief Economics Minister Sofyan Djalil when asked by reporters if Indonesia will buy foreign rice.

Indonesia has in the past imported 1 million to 2 million tonnes of rice in a year, usually from Thailand or Vietnam.