THE INDONESIAN government has awarded the country's state logistics agency, Bulog, a license to import an extra 150,000 tons of sugar this year, in a bid to halt the dramatic increase in the price of sugar. A drastic sugar shortage has seen prices rise from 45 cents (US$) a kilo to 68 cents in recent weeks. Jakarta will then block all other sugar imports into Indonesia during May and June, the harvest period.

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