For fresh fruit and vegetable marketing and distribution in Asia Staff


Tuesday 7th June 2011, 15:10 Hong Kong

Indonesia increasingly dependent on imports

Indonesia’s outdated farming system has led to a decrease in fruit production and an increase in its dependency on imported produce

Indonesia increasingly dependent on imports

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Central Statistics Agency (BPS) figures reported by the Jakarta Post show a significant drop in domestic fruit production with mango yields falling to 1.3m tonnes in 2010 compared with 2.2m tonnes the previous year, while durian production fell from 797,798 tonnes in 2009 to 491,179 tonnes the following year.

Indonesia's inability to compete with other producer countries, such as China, in terms of price and quality meant imported fruit was beginning to dominate the domestic market, the newspaper reported.

According to data from BPS, Indonesia has seen its expenditure on imported fruit jump to US$128m in the first two months of the year, up from US$78m over the same period last year.

Indonesian Chamber of Commerce official Handito Joewono told the Jakarta Post domestically grown produce also struggled to compete in international markets as the country lacked the necessary infrastructure to ensure produce reached export destinations in good condition.

Mr Joewono told the newspaper it was important the government took steps to address the country’s increasing deficit in the trade of fresh produce, and invest in modernising necessary infrastructure.

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