Thursday, 24 January 2019 | 01:29 WIB

Biopharmaceutical Commodities Offer Herbal, Export Prospects

Biopharmaceutical Commodities Offer Herbal, Export Prospects (kementan)

YOGYAKARTA, NNC - Suwandi, Director General of Horticulture at the Indonesia Ministry of Agriculture, is optimistic that the business prospects for biopharmaceutical or medicinal plants will be excellent for the millennial generation. In addition, the medicinal plants business promises export business opportunities.

"These biopharmaceuticals have 14 types of rhizomes, namely ginger, turmeric, galangal, lempuyang, temu lawak, temu kunci, temu ireng, and dlingo which are very popular and the market is good. The demand for export of ginger and turmeric is very high. There are still 52 non-rhizome species, such as cardamom, noni, sambiloto, mahkuto dewa, aloe vera, and others, "said Suwandi in public lecture in front of 175 more students and academic community of Agricultural Development Polytechnic (Polbangtan) Yogyakarta- Magelang, Tuesday (11/12).

"The interest of the young generation can be seen from the number of Yogyakarta Polbangtan students participating in the field of biopharmaceutical agribusiness 35 people. "Biopharmaceutical farmers in many areas are very happy because of the high market demand," continued the youngest Director General in the Ministry of Agriculture.

On the other hand Suwandi emphasized the transformation carried out by Minister of Agriculture Andi Amran Sulaiman, namely to first change STPP to become a Polbangtan intended to produce young regeneration for agricultural business including world class biopharmaca. Able to be a strong young entrepreneur to move the economy wheel around.

"All biopharmaceutical business activities ranging from upstream to downstream are very challenging for the development of millennial generations. In fact, the business of downstream ginger, turmeric, galangal, and trade and export industries is very promising," he said.

Suwandi revealed in 2018, exports of medicinal plants such as 2,000 tons of ginger, 1,000 tons of saffron, 7,000 tons of turmeric, 6,000 tons of cardamom and 1,000 tons of other biopharmaca plants. During this time the biopharmaceutical business is more advanced as it develops the herbal industry and lifestyle back to nature.

"This medicinal plant product is a supplier for the herbal industry, herbal hospitals, beauty salons, cosmetic ingredients, spas, and others. The key is in processing technology, industrial management, packaging and marketing networks, "he said.

Meanwhile, Director of the Yogyakarta-Magelang Polbangtan, Rajiman said that this year accepting 175 students was divided according to the study program. Students are educated not only theories, but more practice, managerial abilities including discipline and leadership.

"They were educated rigorously and entered the dormitory, slept at 11pm and woke up at 3pm. On certain days, they must speak English and also regularly have religious material. Practice with 70 percent weight. "It is hoped that they will become strong and world-class entrepreneurs," he said.

Separately, Jati Kuswardono, an exporter from Yogyakarta said that the export of ginger elephants and ginger to Bangladesh is around 300 tons per year. Supply is obtained from farmers in Cianjur, Sukabumi, Banjarnegara, Ponorogo with the price of ginger elephants in farmers ranging from IDR4,500-IDR7,000 per kg, and emprit ginger for IDR9,000 to IDR12,000 per kg. Export demand is very high, in fact the supply is still lacking and so that the quality is in grade

"Besides exporting ginger, we also export potato granules to Singapore, candlenut exports to China. "Exports of baby beans from Wonosobo, Magelang, Semarang to Singapore via Yogyakarta Airport," he said.

The same thing was expressed by Igbal, an exporter. He said the biggest export was to Bangladesh, the supply came from Sukabumi, Ngawi, Ponorogo, Trenggalek, Pacitan, with prices ranging from IDR6,000 to IDR7,000 per farmer.

"Turmeric is also in high demand. Besides the Bangladesh and Japan markets, ginger is also marketed to the Netherlands, "he said.