Thursday, 21 March 2019 | 20:31 WIB

Agriculture Ministry Releases Exports of Coconut Products to 18 Countries

Illustration: Coconut farmer

MANADO, NNC -- The Ministry of Agriculture releases the exports of Dessicated Coconut to several destination countries.

The exported coconut products include Dessicated coconut (DC), Coconut crude oil (CCO), CCO derivatives, round coconut, activated carbon, and coconut water which are exported to several destination countries such as PNG, Philippines, China, US, Netherlands, Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Germany, South Africa, Russia, Turkey, Poland, Kuwait, Uruguay, Malaysia and Slovakia.

The release of exports of Desiccated Coconut products amounted to 11,380 MT in 2018 produced by PT Royal and PT Global operating in North Sulawesi. This is an effort to support the development of coconut in a sustainable manner.

The Ministry of Agriculture through the Directorate General of Plantation and Agriculture Research and Development Agency in the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years has developed strategic seeds of plantation commodities such as sugar cane, coffee, cocoa, coconut, cashew, rubber, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon to spur export growth from the plantation sector.

In 2017 there was a significant increase in exports of coconut and derivative products, from USD793.3 million in 2013, to USD1.4 billion (IDR14.1 trillion) in 2017, or up 43%. In general, the export value of the plantation sector reaches IDR432.4 trillion or 96% of the total value of agricultural exports in 2017.

Coconut is a plantation which most (93%) are smallholder plantations. Coconut has economic, social, cultural values and a strategic role in increasing farmer's income, employment rate and sources of foreign exchange.

All parts of the coconut plant can be utilized as a source of food, functional food and housing, as well as various other needs so that the coconut is called "The Tree of Life".

The national superior coconut variety released by the Minister of Agriculture with certified seeds is a local superior variety. The number of seeds distributed by the Ministry of Agriculture for farmers since 2017/2018 has reached 1,894,467 stems, with potential for copra of more than 3 tons per hectare per year or exceeding national coconut production which is only 1.1 tons.