Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Indonesia to propose limitation on foodstuffs for energy at the UN’s general meeting

Indonesia will propose a limitation on the use of foodstuffs for energy sources at the United Nations’ general meeting in September. This limitation is aimed at anticipating the food crisis and Indonesia will urge the UN to put the issue of food crisis on priority. Foreign Affairs Minister Hassan Wirajuda said that a limitation of a maximum of 30 percent of total food production to be used for energy making could be tolerated. “Morally, it would be contradictory to use food for energy while people are hungry,” said Wirajuda in Bandung yesterday (6/8). Indonesia will also propose increased investment in the agricultural sector in line with the surplus enjoyed by oil-exporting due to the fuel price hike.

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