SEMARANG – The export potential of agricultural commodities in Central Java is quite promising. At least, this can be seen in the release of agricultural commodity exports from Central Java Province, at the Tanjung Emas Port Container Terminal, Semarang, Saturday (14/8/2021).
“For the umpteenth time, we have again released the export of agricultural commodities in Central Java, this time the value has reached Rp. 400 billion, which will be sent to 36 countries. These commodities consist of the plantation sector such as nutmeg, coffee beans, palm oil, brown sugar, and sheet rubber,” said the Governor of Central Java, Ganjar Pranowo, on the sidelines of the release.
In the food crops and horticulture sectors, there are green beans, corn flour, fern leaves, okra, porang, grass jelly leaves, and jasmine flowers. “We also have nutmeg, then there is coffee. Likewise with swallow’s nests, the delivery also continues, moreover the price is also stable in the midst of conditions like this. This shows that despite the pandemic, exports of agricultural products in Central Java are still high,” added Ganjar.
Seeing this potential, Ganjar hopes that the central government will make Tanjung Emas Port Semarang a horticultural port, to encourage an increase in the export value of agricultural commodities in Central Java.
“I have already said, I ask that the port of Tanjug Emas Semarang be made a horticultural port. Just waiting for the signature of the minister. The hope is that when ports with horticultural functions and facilities are provided, hopefully our exports of agricultural commodities will be much more,” he said.
To support the existence of the agricultural port, it is necessary to widen the Tanjung Emas port area in Semarang. So that the port function can run optimally. Including, to support the industrial area in Kendal, which is currently growing.
The Minister of Agriculture (Mentan), Syahrul Yasin Limpo, who was present virtually explained, the total value of exports in the event entitled Merdeka Agricultural Exports in 2021, reached Rp7.29 trillion. “Exports that will be released simultaneously are 627.4 million tons with a value of Rp7.29 trillion. These include 564.6 million tons of plantation commodities, 4.3 million tons of food crops, 7.2 million tons of horticulture, 4 million tons of livestock, and several other commodities,” he explained.
Currently, there are 17 Indonesian export ports, consisting of 16 seaports and one airport, which are the release points for agricultural commodity exports. One of them is Tanjung Emas Port, Semarang.