The Jakarta Post
The Bogor regency administration in West Java exported 1,000 tons of mangosteen, equivalent to seven containers, to China on Wednesday to boost mangosteen exports.
The export of the tropical fruit by mangosteen export center PT Mahkota Manggis Sehati in Bogor also aimed to support local farmers as it provided with them with information about exporting requirements and motivated them to improve their product quality and quantity, Bogor Agriculture Agency head Siti Nurianty said.
“Mangosteen is a potential commodity for export,” Siti said during the event, which was attended by about 150 farmers.
Bogor is a major mangosteen producer in West Java. In 2017, the regency produced 2,983 tons of mangosteen, 1,095 tons of which were exported.
There are 272,211 mangosteen trees in Bogor, with the biggest ones located in seven districts, namely Leuwiliang, Leuwisadeng, Cigudeng, Nanggung, Sukajaya, Sukamakmur and Jasinga.
Due to several countries' strict exporting regulations, it was important to maintain a quality product through good agriculture practices, pest control and post-harvest treatment, all of which could help local farmers stay competitive, Siti said.
She went on to say that 39 farmer groups that cultivated 527.55 hectares of land had joined the administration’s program.
“Gradually, we will register the [mangosteen] farmland that has yet to implement standard operating procedures,” she said.
From November of last year to February, the country exported 3,409 tons of mangosteen, with Bogor contributing to 30 percent of it. The remaining came from Subang, Sukabumi, Purwakarta and Tasikmalaya, all in West Java.
Bogor Agriculture Quarantine head Banun Harpini said that mangosteen was a new flagship commodity that had been exported to 23 countries, making its trade value in 2018 reach Rp 11.62 trillion (US$790.5 billion). (sau)