Liputan6.com, Jakarta Deputy Governor of Banten, Andika Hazrumy appreciated the initiation of the Ministry of Agriculture (Kementan) in increasing exports through Merdeka Exports which was released by President Joko Widodo on (14/8). According to Andika, this initiative has a major impact on the welfare value of farmers, which is getting better.
“Indirectly, Merdeka Export’s activities have a major impact on the welfare value of farmers. Their production is absorbed and marketed at very profitable prices,” said Andika, Monday, August 16, 2021.
Therefore, Andika expressed his gratitude to the President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo and the Minister of Agriculture Syahrul Yasin Limpo who motivated agricultural business actors in Banten to continue to improve the quality of production that is capable of exporting.
“We will also continue to support all programs at the Ministry of Agriculture, especially those related to export binding such as the Geratieks (Three Exports Movement) program,” he said.
Andika said that Banten Province itself had succeeded in releasing various agricultural product commodities through Soekarno Hatta Airport as one of the 17 national export gateways. In fact, said Andika, the export transaction value was quite large, amounting to Rp 40.36 billion.
“There are approximately 5,631 commodities that we export in the form of kilograms, 662,025 in the form of rods and 1,724 in the form of tails,” he said.
The commodities in question include swallow nests, ornamental plants, aquarium plants and reptiles. Meanwhile, the 17 export destination countries include China, the United States, Japan, the Netherlands, Germany, Colombia, and Vietnam.
“We also report that Banten’s agricultural commodities in 2021 will increase by 7.15 percent for plant commodities and 7.9 percent for livestock commodities,” he said.
For details, export data for agricultural commodities in 2021 consists of plant commodities of Rp. 614 and animal commodities of Rp. 10.1 trillion. In other words, exports of agricultural products increased sharply when compared to 2020, which was only IDR 573 billion for plant commodities and IDR 9.3 trillion for animals.
“We also have other superior commodities such as mangosteen, vanilla, beans, dragon fruit, jengkol, petai, swallow’s nest, and rabbits. What is certain is that there is new potential that is our mainstay in increasing the level of exports,” he concluded.
Previously, the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo (Jokowi) released the export of agricultural products to 17 countries through 17 gates throughout Indonesia. In this regard, the President appreciated the independent export activities initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture. Moreover, the agricultural sector is a strong sector and has great potential in supporting national economic growth.
The Minister of Agriculture, Syahrul Yasin Limpo (Mentan SYL) expressed his gratitude for the attention of the Head of State for the Indonesian agricultural sector, especially in supporting the activities of Merdeka Exports which have a foreign exchange value of 7.2 trillion.
“According to the direction of the President that investment and exports are key factors in accelerating national economic growth. In this regard, we continue to strive to encourage exports of agricultural products to various countries,” he concluded.
It should be noted that export releases in 17 provinces were carried out in Tanjung Perak Port which has a foreign exchange value of 1.3 trillion, Pontianak Dwikora Sea 194.31 billion, Pekanbaru 1 Pelindo 1 trillion, Belawan Port 431.6 billion, Tanjung Priuk 435 .1 billion and Tanjung Emas Semarang for more than Rp 400 billion.