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In Cirebon, the road to wealth may be paved with mangoes

  • Nana Rukmana and Hyginus Hardoyo

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 21 2012   /  10:09 am

As one of the three mango production centers in West Java, Cirebon regency is striving to tap its mango (and money) making potential, given rosy predictions for Indonesia’s agriculture and horticulture sectors.

Recording annual production that tops 60,000 tons, the Cirebon administration has plans to increase local production by expanding its mango groves under cultivation to 10,000 hectares within five years, an ambitious 334 percent increase over a current figure of 2,300 hectares.

Ali said that the regency wanted to ensure that upwards of 20,000 local farmers could find work cultivating mangoes.

“The expansion is considered urgent due to the substantial increase in demand for Cirebon mangoes,” Ali Effendi, the head of the Cirebon Agriculture, Plantation and Livestock Husbandry Office, said on Monday.

The most popular mango varieties produced in Cirebo...