Govt to produce 800,000 gas stoves in 2007

Jakarta (Antara News) - The Indonesian government through the Ministry of Cooperatives and Small/Medium Enterprises will produce 800,000 gas stoves early in 2007, a member of cabinet said.

"We have a program to double the production of gas stoves 800,000 early in 2007 because the production of 400,000 gas stoves this year had been postponed," Suryadharma Ali, Cooperatives and Small/Medium Enterprises Minister, said here Friday.

The miniter made the remarks in view of the government`s plan to replace kerosene stoves with gas stoves with a view to reducing its fuel oil subsidy.

The ministry has allocated Rp58.4 billion for the production of 400,000 additional stoves. But, he said, the fund could be disbursed only with approval of the House of Representatives.

He also said that he had established coordination with Vice President Jusuf Kalla in the production of gas stoves at the same time with the production of 800,000 gas cylinders.

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