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Jakarta Post

Durian import moratorium does not smell sweet to Thai farmers

  • Linda Yulisman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 11 2013   /  11:30 am

Senior officials at the Trade and Agriculture Ministries will meet to discuss protests raised by the government’s recent decision to suspend imports of certain fruit and vegetables, Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan says.

Officials will address the issue in partnership with a Thai counterparts following protests from Thai durian exporter who claims to be suffering significant losses through Indonesia’s export ban.

“We will discuss this issue soon with both the Agriculture Ministry and the Thai authorities,” he told The Jakarta Post.

Gita has hinted that Indonesia may allow renewed imports of fruit and vegetables as long as they met health and safety requirements.

At the end of last month, the Agriculture Ministry announced that it would not authorize importation of 13 kinds of vegetable and fruit products including potato, carrot, chili, banana, papaya ...