Gov’t to Encourage Increased Exports of Agricultural Commodities

By : Nata Kesuma | Thursday, May 06 2021 - 05:01 IWST

President Jokowi chairs a Limited Meeting on the development of swallow’s nests and porang plant cultivation, Wednesday (04/05), Jakarta. (Photo by: PR of Cabinet Secretariat/Agung)
President Jokowi chairs a Limited Meeting on the development of swallow’s nests and porang plant cultivation, Wednesday (04/05), Jakarta. (Photo by: PR of Cabinet Secretariat/Agung)

INDUSTRY.co.id - Ministry of Trade announced that it will cooperate with Ministry of Agriculture to encourage an increase in exports of swallow’s nest.

“We will synchronize the regulations between Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Trade. We will make an effort to promote our exports, to get the best results for our farmers, for the domestic industry,” Minister of Trade stated after a Limited Meeting on the development of swallow’s nests and porang plant cultivation, Wednesday (04/05), Jakarta.

Indonesia, according to the Minister, is the world’s main producer of swallow’s nests. “Indonesia is responsible for almost 80 percent of the world’s production,” he said.

In 2020, Indonesia’s exports of this commodity reached around 1,316 tonnes with a value of US$540 million. However, Lutfi disclosed, there is an extraordinary price disparity for this commodity. This is due to the different pricing in each main destination country.

“For example, in Hongkong, where we sell almost more than 85 percent of our exports, the price per kilogram is only US$80, meanwhile the price per kilogram in China is more than US$1500,” he said.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, the Minister stated, has ordered his administration to ensure that Indonesia gets the best price for this commodity.

“We will work together, (on the meeting) led by the President, Ministry of Trade will streamline the export licensing processes and ensure that we will get the best price for the swallow’s nests,” Lutfi said.

After his working visit to China, a commitment to buy the commodity with a total value of Rp16 trillion managed to be obtained. “Today, the figure reached half of the total value and we will pursue our target by the end of 2021,” he said.

On porang plant, the Ministry will cooperate with Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Industry to encourage increased exports of the products. “We will work together. Ministry of Agriculture work in the upstream, Ministry of Industry will work on the processing, and Ministry of Trade will sell them on the world’s market,” he said.

For the record, porang plant is a substitute product for wheat flour and is considered healthier.

News Comment

Today's Industry

Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection I Gusti Ayu Bintang Darmawati (Source: PR of Cabinet Secretariat)

Minggu, 20 Juni 2021 - 18:45 WIB

Gov’t Unveils Strategies to Eradicate Child Labor

In a bid to protect children’s rights in Indonesia, Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection has unveiled a number of strategies to eliminate child labor in the country.

Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Arifin Tasrif. (Photo by: PR of Cabinet Secretariat)

Minggu, 20 Juni 2021 - 17:30 WIB

Gov’t Gears Up to Finalize Regional Energy Plan Next Year

The Government has pushed for the finalization of multi–sectorial energy policies in the form of Provincial Energy General Plan (RUED-P). The RUED-P is expected to be completed next year.

President Jokowi, accompanied by West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil, in Bogor regency from Pakansari Stadium in Cibinong sub-district, West Java province. (Photo: Bureau of Press, Media, and Information of Presidential Secretariat/Lukas)

Minggu, 20 Juni 2021 - 16:15 WIB

President Jokowi Inspects Mass Vaccination for Public and People with Disabilities at Pakansari Stadium

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo Thursday (17/06) inspected mass vaccination at Pakansari Stadium in Cibinong sub-district, Bogor regency, West Java province.

President Jokowi inspects mass COVID-19 vaccination at Bogor Train Station, West Java (17/06/2021). (Source: YouTube Channel of Presidential Secretariat)

Minggu, 20 Juni 2021 - 15:47 WIB

President Jokowi Calls for Vaccination Acceleration in Areas with High Interaction and Mobility

In a bid to achieve community immunity or herd immunity, the Government is set to boost vaccination, especially in areas with high public interaction and mobility.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo Wednesday (16/06) inspected mass COVID-19 vaccination for workers in financial service sector held at Tennis Indoor Senayan, Jakarta

Kamis, 17 Juni 2021 - 20:10 WIB

President Jokowi Inspects Mass COVID-19 Vaccination for Workers in Financial Sector

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo Wednesday (16/06) inspected mass COVID-19 vaccination for workers in financial service sector held at Tennis Indoor Senayan, Jakarta.