UPDATE 1-Indonesia 2015 white sugar imports to reach 100,000 T as El Nino hits local crops

jueves 22 de octubre de 2015 02:13 GYT

* Imports will be blow to govt push for food self-sufficiency

* But could further stoke rising global prices

* El Nino typically brings dry weather to Asia

* Indonesia did not import white sugar last year (Adds detail, comment)

By Michael Taylor

JAKARTA, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Indonesia is expected to ship in 100,000 tonnes of white sugar in 2015 after importing none of the sweetener last year, an industry body said, as dry conditions from the El Nino weather pattern crimp local output.

That could help stoke global prices that have shot up in recent months on worries over an international supply deficit, but it is a blow to President Joko Widodo's high-profile push for food self-sufficiency.

The Southeast Asian nation's white sugar production is expected to drop 4 percent to 2.5 million tonnes this year from 2.6 million in 2014, the executive director of the Indonesian Sugar Association told Reuters. He said it would fall to 2.4 million tonnes in 2016.

"The (domestic) price is good but yields are going down," Tito Pranolo said on Thursday.   Continuación...