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Agricultural Exports Become the Backbone of the Economy in the Midst of a Pandemic

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Jakarta: The Director General of Horticulture of the Ministry of Agriculture (Kementan) Prihasto Setyanto said the agricultural sector was still superior in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This achievement has made it the government’s leading sector in the Draft State Revenue and Expenditure Budget (RAPBN) for the 2022 Fiscal Year.

The report from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) for the January-July 2021 period shows that exports of agricultural products grew 8.72 percent in value to reach USD2.24 billion. This increase was due to several factors.

The Ministry of Agriculture noted that foreign demand for agricultural commodities is increasing. From 2019, the demand was recorded at USD468 million, while in 2020 the demand reached USD664 million.

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“This increase is also supported by Indonesia’s good climate. In 2020 rainfall can meet production needs, so that production results can be maintained,” said Prihasto, Friday, August 20, 2021.

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There are also commodities that are superior in exports, among others, oil palm, rubber, coconut, swallow’s nest and Porang. For horticultural crops, including cardamom, turmeric and bananas.

“We give appreciation to farmers and exporters who can still produce to drive the nation’s economy. Because these are the backbone of the Indonesian people,” said Prihasto. (Mentari Puspadini)

(MBM)

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