Grains Council Reinforces U.S. Quality to Defend Markets in Southeast Asia

USAgNet - 05/07/2021

To reinforce the value of U.S.-origin corn, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is committed to defending Indonesia's 1 million metric ton starch market by engaging with the domestic corn industry.

In addition, quality corn makes quality feed, as in the case of distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS), a staple used in Indonesia's poultry industry.

"Instilling customer confidence in U.S. origin is a cornerstone of what we do at the Council," said Caleb Wurth, USGC assistant regional director for Southeast Asia.

"Any opportunity we get to show off the resiliency, efficiency and sustainability of U.S. growers, we take it."

Recently, Wurth and Dr. Budi Tangendjaja, USGC regional technical consultant in Indonesia, were invited to speak at a virtual event sponsored by a leading agricultural media outlet about the safety, quality, and sustainable production practices of the U.S. farm system and the risks of mycotoxins in the Indonesian feed and food supply.

Corn grown in a humid climate without proper post-harvest handling often results in broken kernels and higher corn moisture content which can invite mycotoxins, like aflatoxin, often found in Indonesia.

However, importing lower-moisture, high quality corn and DDGS from the United States can be a complimentary solution.

The Council's education efforts included sharing a comprehensive study on grain storage in tropical climates, with results showing that U.S. corn can be stored in tropical weather locations in properly, well-designed, and maintained silos or warehouses with no type of treatment for at least 75 days without having any effect on quality.

With mold inhibitor applied upon arrival and grain chilling in the silos, U.S. corn can be stored for at least four months without any effect on quality.

The study also showed that U.S. corn stored at safe moisture content below 14.5% does not show any increase in aflatoxin levels.

At the meeting that included more than 300 online participants with an opening address by the former Republic of Indonesia Minister of Agriculture, Wurth and Dr. Budi addressed quality and supply chain concerns in the country by showcasing the transparency of the U.S. farm system and how it produces and distributes high-quality, low-mycotoxin corn.

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