In 2000, Indonesia imported 6.037 million tons of wheat. Five years later, in 2005, wheat import increased by almost 10 percent to 6.589 million tons. In 2025, import of wheat is projected to increase three times as much to 18.679 million tons. Soybean import, in the last five years (2003-2007), amounted to on average 1.091 million tons or 60.5 percent of total need.Good or bad news?
But before answer it, hold on a second, you should hear my story.
In 2000, I bought not a single vinyl LP from the record store next door. Eight years later, in 2008, my vinyl purchase increased a lot to, say, 100 LPs. In 2025, my purchase of LPs is projected to increase god-knows-how-many-times as much to 300 LPs. My comic purchase, in the last five years (2003-2007), amounted to on average 5 books, or 60.5 percent of my total need.It is a very good news for me, don't you think? Although I run a trade deficit against those record and bookstores, every purchase I made or plan to make implies that I somehow have the money to pay them in order to get those stuffs. In fact, part of the reasons why I work, sell the product or services to anyone but myself (read: export), and earn the money, is to buy those LPs and comic for myself (read: import).
And on independency issue: of course I depend on them. I have to live with the fact that I can not make a record at all and even if I try to draw a comic book, it would be obviously way costlier for me than doing economics (in comparison to, perhaps, Art Spiegelman on comic drawing and economics). It's no dependency, it's just a free trade.