China is one of the biggest importers of Indonesian exotic fruits. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the export of Indonesian fruits to China experienced a dramatic decrease. According to one local exporter, the trade gradually got back to normal again by the end of February.
Mrs. Swasti Adicita is the co-founder of Java Fresh, a professional exotic fruits exporter located in Jakarta. “Indonesia is blessed with an all-year-round tropical climate, with rain and dry seasons that alternate every 6 months. The fruit production is normally higher in the rainy season. Western Europe, Russia and China are the main export areas for our mangosteen. In these areas, we work with exotic fruit importers and wholesalers, especially the importers who are committed to supporting small-scale growers in Indonesia.”
“Due to the outbreak of the corona virus, just like everyone else, our trade has been directly impacted. However we are very grateful for our clients’ diverse portfolio, as European market is slowing down due to lock downs in most of countries, we see a growing demand in China as its market is coming back to life. This has certainly helped our farmers, as we are starting again our regular salak shipment to China.”
“We believe we are not alone in this delicate situation, and I have a strong faith we will come out of this pandemic with an even bigger respect and care for mother earth and towards each other.” Mrs. Adicita said.
“We respect natural farming methods. We do not use any GMO seeds nor industrial fertilizers. All our mangosteens rely mainly on fertile soil, rain and sometimes organic fertilizers. Here in Indonesia, organic plantation has gradually become a trend. We have also noticed that more and more European importers tend to purchase organic products. Thailand is another main exporter of mangosteens. The advantage of Indonesian mangosteen is that we can supply all year round, and most of the products are grown in a natural way.”
Java Fresh works with thousands of farmers across the Indonesian archipelago. Besides mangosteens, Java Fresh also exports a large volume of salak, coconut, kaffir lime, mango and dragon fruits to around 18 countries. The company has a Global GAP certificate. “We strongly believe the partnership with local importers is one of the keys that made us the leading exotic fruits supplier from Indonesia in Europe. To maintain better communication with clients, besides our main office in Jakarta, we also opened two international offices in France and Australia.” Mrs. Adicita said.