He emphasized that fulfilling the people's basic needs, including cooking oil, is the most important priority of government policy.
"Once the domestic needs have been fulfilled, I will definitely lift the export ban. I know the country needs taxes, the country needs foreign exchange, the country needs a trade balance surplus," said Jokowi, as quoted by Antara, Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Jokowi also asked for the awareness of palm oil industry producers. He appealed to the palm oil producers to meet domestic needs first and put the availability for domestic markets as a priority.
"Indeed, the domestic needs can be easily met if we pay attention to the priority of production capacity. The volume of cooking oil that we produce and export is much larger than the domestic demand. There is still a very large capacity remaining," he said
"It is ironic that, as the largest palm oil-producing country in the world, we instead have difficulties getting cooking oil," he said.
"I ask the palm oil business players to pay more attention to this problem and even more clearly. As president, I will not let this [problem continue]," he said.
The article was translated from Pikiran-Rakyat.com's article titled "Jokowi Ungkap Kapan Akan Cabut Larangan Ekspor Minyak Goreng".
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