Daily Archives: May 4, 2019

Indonesia halts pepper exports to Vietnam

Pangkal Pinang (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Agriculture Ministry has halted white pepper exports to Vietnam and will instead channel them to India and Europe to ensure a good selling price for farmers to boost their income and family welfare.

“Vietnam has been an export destination country. This practice must be stopped, and exports should be directed to India and Europe,” Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman remarked during the release of white pepper exports at the white pepper plantation of Air Seruk Belitung Village on Saturday.

Sulaiman remarked that the decision to end or cut pepper exports to Vietnam was taken since the country has, so far, reprocessed Indonesia’s pepper for re-exporting to destination countries, including Europe and India. In future, direct processing should take place in Indonesia.

“We have held negotiations with India. We have now been successful in entering India. Earlier, it was in the United States, and then in Japan and Europe. This is part of our efforts. For instance, Malaysia and Singapore used to be transit countries for mangosteen. This is unfortunate for our farmers. However, now, they can directly send to China,” he remarked.

Hence, the agriculture minister has instructed the Agricultural Quarantine Agency to support all Indonesian export products to directly enter the destination country or to not transit in other countries.

“That is our aspiration. We strive for high-quality produce along with high productivity. We then go for the reduction. We can get the added value everywhere, so we then export directly to the destination country,” he remarked.

Deputy Governor of Bangka Belitung Abdul Fatah praised Kementan’s performance through the Pangkal Pinang Agricultural Quarantine that had overseen its regional superior commodities abroad.

Fatah is upbeat that the central government, in this matter, the Kementan, will direct its focus on the plantation sub-sector in its area to restore the former glory of agricultural commodities from Bangka Belitung.

“Some 2.5 tons per hectare of pepper is produced in Bangka Belitung. In 2017, the production had reached 34 thousand tons, 36 thousand tons in 2018, while the target is set at 43 thousand tons in 2019. In future, through the ministry program, we are optimistic of the productivity and quality increasing,” Fatah remarked.

Source: ANTARA News

Indonesia halts pepper exports to Vietnam

Pangkal Pinang (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Agriculture Ministry has halted white pepper exports to Vietnam and will instead channel them to India and Europe to ensure a good selling price for farmers to boost their income and family welfare.

“Vietnam has been an export destination country. This practice must be stopped, and exports should be directed to India and Europe,” Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman remarked during the release of white pepper exports at the white pepper plantation of Air Seruk Belitung Village on Saturday.

Sulaiman remarked that the decision to end or cut pepper exports to Vietnam was taken since the country has, so far, reprocessed Indonesia’s pepper for re-exporting to destination countries, including Europe and India. In future, direct processing should take place in Indonesia.

“We have held negotiations with India. We have now been successful in entering India. Earlier, it was in the United States, and then in Japan and Europe. This is part of our efforts. For instance, Malaysia and Singapore used to be transit countries for mangosteen. This is unfortunate for our farmers. However, now, they can directly send to China,” he remarked.

Hence, the agriculture minister has instructed the Agricultural Quarantine Agency to support all Indonesian export products to directly enter the destination country or to not transit in other countries.

“That is our aspiration. We strive for high-quality produce along with high productivity. We then go for the reduction. We can get the added value everywhere, so we then export directly to the destination country,” he remarked.

Deputy Governor of Bangka Belitung Abdul Fatah praised Kementan’s performance through the Pangkal Pinang Agricultural Quarantine that had overseen its regional superior commodities abroad.

Fatah is upbeat that the central government, in this matter, the Kementan, will direct its focus on the plantation sub-sector in its area to restore the former glory of agricultural commodities from Bangka Belitung.

“Some 2.5 tons per hectare of pepper is produced in Bangka Belitung. In 2017, the production had reached 34 thousand tons, 36 thousand tons in 2018, while the target is set at 43 thousand tons in 2019. In future, through the ministry program, we are optimistic of the productivity and quality increasing,” Fatah remarked.

Source: ANTARA News

Antigraft body searches room of legislator Muhammad Nasir

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) searched the working room of Indonesian House of Representatives member Muhammad Nasir as part of an investigation related to receiving gratification along with a suspect, who is the member of the House of Representatives Commission VI, Bowo Sidik Pangarso (BSP).

“The room that was searched belonged to Indonesian House of Representatives’ member M Nasir,” KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah confirmed here on Saturday, adding that the search process was carried out from around 11.00 am to 01.00 pm local time.

“The Corruption Eradication Commission conducted the search to verify information on alleged gratuity funding sources received by BSP, related to the management of DAK (Special Allocation Funds),” Febri said.

Meanwhile, the plan to examine witnesses who knew the source of the gratuity funds would be further explored by the agency starting this May, he said.

At present, Febri said at least three sources of gratuity funds have been identified by Bowo Sidik.

“However, because the process is still in the investigation phase, we cannot convey more detailed information,” Febri said.

In addition to the gratuity case, Bowo Sidik has also been named as a suspect in a bribery case for the implementation of a shipping cooperation between PT Pupuk Indonesia Logistik (PILOG) and PT Humpuss Transportasi Kimia (HTK).

Source: ANTARA News

Live mangrove crabs of Maluku in high demand in S’pore and M’sia

Ambon (ANTARA) – Consumers in Singapore and Malaysia have been increasingly demanding live mangrove crabs exported directly from Maluku, following its first export on January 12, 2019, which amounted to 1.1 tons.

The head of the Maluku Trade and Industry Agency, Elvis Patiselanno, in Ambon, on Saturday, said the demand for live mangrove crabs was seen from January to early May 2019.

“The volume from 200 kg to 5 tons is exported via Garuda Indonesia airlines from Ambon Pattimura International Airport, which only transits in Jakarta,” he said.

He referred to the last live mangrove crab export on May 4, 2019, which amounted to some 1.45 tons, following 2.04 tons recorded on May 1, 2019.

“The mangrove crab exports by UD Putri Desi increasingly contribute to Maluku’s regional revenue (PAD) from the marine and fisheries sector,” Patiselanno said.

He said this direct export breakthrough was strategic for the economic development of Maluku because previously, exports were done through Makassar, South Sulawesi or Surabaya, East Java.

“Maluku was previously disadvantaged by a number of commodities being supplied to Surabaya,” Patiselanno said.

He admitted that consumers from China were actually interested in the live mangrove crabs of Maluku, but exporters were still sorting out a number of documents.

“The export market currently looks promising for Maluku mangrove crabs; the Regional Organization (OPD) technically fosters the fishermen in Aru Islands District and others by utilizing business opportunities to increase PAD and the welfare of coastal communities,” he said.

According to him, the current increase in the export activity of mangrove crabs and tuna fish to a number of countries was accompanied by the inauguration of the Maluku export improvement team on November 8, 2018.

The Maluku provincial export improvement team was chaired by Maluku Secretariat Assistant III, Zulkifli Anwar, consisting of the Department of Industry and Trade, Customs and Excise, PT. Pelindo, Maritime and Fisheries Agency, Agriculture Service, Fish Quarantine Agency, PT. Angkasa Pura, Bank Indonesia Ambon Representative, and other related parties.

The team implemented an integrated export collective agreement known as “service 247”.

The 247 export services means that all parties are prepared to provide services 24 hours a day and seven days a week without holidays, until the export products arrive in the destination country.

This service system also guarantees that all needed export documents will be completed quickly, including when the goods will depart via the port or airport in Ambon to the destination country.

Source: ANTARA News