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Indonesia's 2018 unhusked rice production forecast at 83 mln T - official

JAKARTA, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Indonesia's unhusked rice production is forecast to be about 83 million tonnes this year, up from 81 million tonnes in 2017, an agriculture ministry official said on Wednesday.

The boost in production is due to an "intensification of planting area", said Sumarjo Gatot Irianto, director general of food crops at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The Southeast Asian country is targeting production of 84 million tonnes of unhusked rice in 2019, Irianto added. (Reporting by Bernadette Christina Munthe; Writing by Kanupriya Kapoor; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

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