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BPS: Agricultural Exports January-July 2021 Grows Positively 8.72 Percent

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JAKARTA – The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) released the development of Indonesia’s exports in the period July 2021. Head of BPS Margo Yuwono said the value of agricultural exports for the period January – July 2021 experienced positive growth, namely 8.72 percent (YonY). Thus, total exports in the agricultural sector as a whole from January to July 2021 reached US$2.24 billion.

“The increase occurred due to increased exports of medicinal plants, aromatics, and spices,” said Margo in a press statement, Wednesday (18/8/2021).

Cumulatively, the value of Indonesia’s exports from January to July 2021 reached US$120.57 billion, an increase of 33.94 percent compared to the same period in 2020. “Our exports are very promising because their growth is quite large, above 30 percent,” he said.

Margo added that non-oil and gas exports accounted for 94.35 percent of the total exports for the January – July 2021 period.

“The largest non-oil and gas export in July 2021 will be to China at US$3.57 billion, followed by the United States at US$2.02 billion and Japan at US$1.19 billion,” he explained.

On the other hand, non-oil and gas exports from the processing industry in January-July also experienced a sharp increase, amounting to 31.36 percent. The largest contribution in this period was contributed by commodities of animal/vegetable fats and oils worth US$16.59 billion.

“The total export of the processing industry reached US$94.62 billion. The largest manufacturing industry market shares are China, Pakistan and India,” he said.

In this regard, the development of the nominal wages of farm workers in July 2021 also increased, which was 0.06 percent compared to the wages of farm workers in June 2021, which was from Rp. 56,794.00 to Rp. 56,829.00 per day.

The Head of the Public Relations and Public Information Bureau of the Ministry of Agriculture (Kementan) Kuntoro Boga Andri said the Ministry of Agriculture continues to strive to encourage the acceleration of agricultural exports. It is hoped that the increase in exports can help the national economic recovery process.

“As the Minister of Agriculture (Shahrul Yasin Limpo) said, increasing agricultural exports has an important role in alleviating poverty, especially among farmers. For that, we are ready to roll out a red carpet for exporters so that our agricultural exports can continue to increase,” he said.

The significant increase in the export of the processing industry is also a special note for the ranks of the Ministry of Agriculture to continue to encourage the downstreaming of agricultural production. “In the future, according to President Jokowi’s orders and the direction of the Minister of Agriculture, we will continue to strengthen the agricultural downstream industry,” he concluded. (red)

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