Makassar (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has instructed the National Logistics Agency (Bulog) to sell their rice to military/police personnel, civil servants and employees of state owned companies.
"Of course, such rice sold to them should be that of the best quality. Hence we need to improve the quality of Bulog rice in addition to making an efficiency," Bulog President Director Mustafa Abubakar said in a get-together with his employees from all regional divisions of South Sulawesi, here, over the week-end.
According to Mustafa, if the families of military, police personnel as well as civil servants and employees of state companies, there are about six million families who will consume Bulog rice.
"If each family has two children, it means that Bulog can sell rice to around 24 million people," he said, adding that practically Bulog has already had 24 million consumers for the captive market, such a big opportunity we can make use of in view of commercial aspect," he said.
Such rice for employees, military/police personnel were certainly purchased from farmers throughout the country in the form of unhulled rice. Then unhulled rice is then processed to be premium rice before being sold to them, he said.
The price of premium rice should be lower than that in the market. Practically, the farmers will be able to gain the advantage of the rice, as Bulog can immediately absorb their unhulled rice, he said.
To that end, Bulog will discuss it with the Finance Ministry, as it has to do with the calculation of budget by the finance ministry. However the program could be implemented in the next three to six months.
"I hope this year Bulog has been able to open an outlet for military and police personnel, civil servants and employers of state companies, he said.