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Jakarta Post

Govt urges SMEs to export food, beverages

  • Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman


Jakarta   /   Thu, October 1 2020   /  01:00 am
A ground keeper prepares a papaya to feed the bird at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah Bird Park, Jakarta, Saturday, May 9, 2020. the large scale Social Restriction (PSBB) caused by the Covid-19 outbreak not only affects humans but also animals in Conservation and zoo since the park management lost their income. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

The government is urging small and medium enterprises (SME) to export food and beverage products that have gained popularity in overseas markets amid the slowdown in global trade due to the COVID-19 crisis. Victoria Simulangkit, the deputy of production and marketing at the Cooperatives and SME Ministry, said on Monday that products like carica (mountain papaya), tempeh chips, crabs and palm sugar appeared to catch buyers’ interest abroad. Producers of the products, most of which are based outside of Jakarta, have managed to penetrate foreign markets, such as Malaysia, Thailand, Japan and China, according to Victoria. “Food and beverages is one of the sectors that see high demand both at home and abroad, because people need nutritional intake to maintain their immunity and thus stay healthy,” Victoria said in a virtual discussion on Monday. “SMEs&rsquo...