Monday, 27 May 2019 | 18:34 WIB

Agriculture Ministry Urges Horticulture and Agrotourism Development in Bandung

Agriculture Ministry Urges Horticulture and Agrotourism Development in Bandung (pertanian)

JAKARTA, NNC - Suwandi, Director General of Horticulture at the Indonesia Ministry of Agriculture, continues to encourage the export of horticultural commodities and develop agro-tourism areas. This is intended to increase the added value and welfare of farmers and contribute to national economic growth.

"Today, we will review plantations covering an area of ​​28 hectares, including bananas, oranges, avocados and sweet potatoes. As a result, in addition to exports, this area will be used as agro-tourism," Suwandi said while reviewing the horticulture plantations which will also be developed by PT. Hawila Farm in Bojongkoneng, Bandung Regency, Friday (11/30/2018).

Suwandi explained that land in West Java generally has the potential to produce food commodities, especially horticulture, which are able to meet export market standards. In accordance with President Joko Widodo's direction and Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman, the Directorate General of Horticulture is very serious about squeezing export volumes.

"We provide red carpet for exporters. We have cut export permits as quickly and quickly as possible, namely through the Online Single Submission system. Then the export permit management is now only 3 hours for documents that are clear and clean," Suwandi admitted.

"In order for export volumes to continue to rise, we will also issue permits to export small quantities of horticultural commodities. So, exports do not have to be in large volumes," he added.

Managing Director of PT. Hawila Farm, Sandi Widjadja said he was happy with the Ministry of Agriculture's policy which made it easier to arrange export permits. With this policy, he became motivated to cultivate horticultural commodities to export such as oranges, bananas and avocados.

"In the past we had exported avocado 3 times to Singapore as much as 30 tons at a price of USD 3, but it was hampered by quality so now the focus of cultivation is to improve quality. In addition, we have exported kirana gold bananas, but have quality problems too," he said.

The man who is familiarly called Sandi said that the cessation of exports was constrained by quality control at harvest, so overwhelmed in the post-harvest process. As a result, the banana harvested is not of the same quality.

"From now on we will try cultivation again and correct the harvest process and post-harvest to produce products that meet export standards," he said.

"We are optimistic because the support of the Ministry of Agriculture is very easy for business people," he continued.

Based on BPS data, fruit production in 2017 reached 19.6 million tons, up from 18.3 million tons a year earlier. Especially for oranges, 2017 production reached 2.3 million tons, up significantly from 2013 which was only 1.65 million tons. Banana production also rose from 6.28 million tons to 7.04 million tons.