Monday, 17 June 2019 | 12:34 WIB

Agriculture Minister Launches Agricultural Export from South Sulawesi

Indonesia Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman (daulat)

JAKARTA NNC - Indonesia Minister of Agriculture Andi Amran Sulaiman has released exports of agricultural commodities, as well as launching application-based innovation named I-MACE (Indonesian Map of Agricultural Commodities Exports) or Maps of Indonesian Agricultural Export Commodities in the Makassar Industrial Area.

"We need to convey to the public, the total exports of South Sulawesi up to today are over IDR800 billion. Then for Indonesia, in 2013, total exports were 33 million tons. In 2018, we increase exports to 42 million tons. Imagine exports up 10 million tons in 4 years. In the past 7 months, our exports have increased by 10 million tons, "said Minister of Agriculture Amran in a written statement on Wednesday (03/13/2019).

The event was also attended by South Sulawesi Governor Nurdin Abdullah, Commander of XIV / Hasanuddin, Maj. Gen. TNI Surawahadi, South Sulawesi Regional Police Chief, Inspector General of Police Hamidin and also attended by 14 regents and mayors in the South Sulawesi Province and Head of South Sulawesi Agriculture.

The total exports from South Sulawesi 2019 are currently 6,485 tons, the commodities consist of bananas to Malaysia, mangosteen to China, passion fruit to Singapore, Dried Vanilli to Turkey, swiftlet nests to China, cashews to Thailand, the United States, South Korea , Germany, Australia, Canada and Malaysia.

The taro epidermis, cashew nut oil to South Korea, cocoa beans to Malaysia, cocoa pasta to Malaysia, pepper seeds to Vietnam and Malaysia, palm pulp to China, cloves to Malaysia, black grass jelly to Thailand, green beans to China, bran pellet wheat and wheat to China, porang to China and seaweed to China, South Korea, and Vietnam.

Amran emphasized that the achievement of agricultural exports was a proud achievement for Indonesia. Starting from 2014 to 2018 there was an increase in national exports by 29 percent, while the value reached IDR500 trillion.

"This is a pillar of Indonesia's economy. There are two things that support Indonesia's economy to rise, namely exports and investment, and today we are jacking up exports," he said.

Amran stressed that the export of agricultural commodities in the era of Jokowi-JK Government was already directly in the destination country, so that it would no longer transit.

"We just returned from Vietnam, Hanoi, we asked all directors, namely from Indonesia to Europe. Then the mangosteen also, first transited to Singapore and Malaysia. However, thanks to all of our hard work, now directly from Indonesia to Hong Kong," he explained.

The result, Amran said, included mangosteen exports jumping hundreds of percent. "The benefits are enjoyed by our farmers. Previously the value added was enjoyed by other countries, now enjoyed by our farmers," said Amran.

Regarding the development of export commodities in South Sulawesi, Amran revealed that the joint ministry of South Sulawesi Province would be Luwu Raya (Luwu, Palopo, East Luwu and North Luwu) and Enrekang would be a pepper barn that would supply the world's needs, not just Indonesia. The other leading South Sulawesi export commodities are cocoa, banana, coconut, and cashew. But in the future, the exported product is finished or processed goods.

"There are also taro that will be exported to Japan. Then there are chickens and eggs that have already penetrated Japan. This is the first in Indonesian history. Well, with the Governor of South Sulawesi whose relations with Japan are good, I believe export access is getting better. high than last year, "he said.

Regarding the application of the Indonesian Agricultural Export Commodity Map, Minister of Agriculture Amran explained, the application contained information on agricultural commodity export activities in the Agricultural Quarantine Technical Implementation Unit throughout Indonesia. The purpose of this application is to be able to be used by the Provincial Government in agricultural development and to encourage the growth of export-oriented agricultural commodities.

"With information from I-MACE, besides being used as a basis for agricultural development policies in each province, especially in export commodity centers, it is hoped that it can also be used to assess export potential and provide business actors and regulations that favor local agribusiness development," he said.

With this application, the provincial government can see the export potential in its area and will be motivated to find a way so that commodities in its province can penetrate the export market. For example, like a swallow's nest (SBW), based on the Makassar Quarantine data in 2018 there were 80,971 tons (SBW) coming out of South Sulawesi to several provinces which actually became raw materials for export commodities in other provinces.

"Now, this is an opportunity for the South Sulawesi provincial government to find a breakthrough so that the export of swiftlet nests can come directly from Makassar, of course this will leverage regional income," he said.