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Indonesian land for Saudi rice

Indonesia will allocate at least 2mn hectares (4.9mn acres) of farm land to 
joint ventures with Saudi investors to be used mainly for the cultivation of 
rice, a Saudi newspaper reported yesterday.

The move would turn Indonesia into the world's top rice exporter in 2009, said 
Alwi Shihab, the Indonesian president's special envoy to the Middle East, 
according newspaper Okaz.

Alwi said last year that Saudi BinLadin Group planned to invest at least $4.3bn 
in Indonesia's rice-farming industry on 500,000 hectares of land in the Papua 
province. Saudi Arabia said in January that it had received the first batch of 
rice produced abroad by local investors under a government-sponsored push for 
agricultural investment outside the kingdom.

Under the plan, Saudi Arabia would import a "reasonable amount" of commodities, 
provide support for those investments and sign bilateral agreements with the 
relevant governments, the government said

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