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Open Access Chapter XIX: Rice and sugar

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Chapter XIX: Rice and sugar

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Sugar and tobacco estates reduced their acreage and started to grow rice. Batavia concluded that the danger of a food shortage in Java had been averted. Large quantities of rice had been imported. In spite of temporary export bans abroad and in spite of the requisitioning of Dutch ships, Batavia had succeeded in importing even more rice than in the same period in 1917. Outside Java, the food situation had also remained under control. Estates and mining companies asking for rice from Java were urged to take measures to cut down on the consumption of rice. The Biliton Company complied by forbidding the feeding of rice to pigs and poultry and by restricting the production of rice wine. In Biliton the results were disappointing, but in Bangka the rice harvest of 1918 was one-and- a-half time larger than in the previous year.

Keywords: Batavia; Java; rice; sugar



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