Under the leadership of Andi Amran Sulaiman, Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture aims to increase the export volume of various food commodities. Its goal is to spur on the national economic growth and strengthen the rupiah exchange rate, a goal they think can be certainly realized.
Before, Indonesia was already exporting special types of rice, shallots, corn, eggs, chicken meat, vegetables seeds, ornamental plants and other foodstuffs. Now, having opened the mangosteen export market to China last year, it is the turn to open the mangosteen market to Taiwan.
Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman’s visit to Taiwan and his Tuesday meeting with the Taiwanese Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Tsung-Hsien Lin, revealed promising results. The Taiwanese Government is committed to accelerating the access of Indonesian mangosteen to Taiwan.
"This is to be immediately followed up. The Indonesian Quarantine Team intensively communicated with the Taiwan Quarantine Team to harmonize the standards of mangosteen commodity quarantine in both countries. The concept is similar to the protocol for opening mangosteen exports to China late last year," Amran said in Taipei, this Saturday.
Amran said that the document review stage will be completed in the near future and continued with the on-site audit process. The initial export is carried out as soon as the entire quarantine process is complete.
"[We] are optimistic it will soon be realized, because all this time we have routinely exported commodities to Taiwan like cabbage, melon, rubber, coffee and others," Amran said.
On the occasion of the visit, the Minister of Agriculture Amran Sulaiman also revealed the progress of Indonesia's agriculture over the past four years and the fact that Indonesia's agricultural exports in 2017 increased by 24 percent.