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Jakarta Post

Coffee, vegetable, fruit exports rise to meet overseas demand

  • Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman


Jakarta   /   Wed, October 21 2020   /  01:00 am
Sukiman harvests Arabica coffee beans on his plantation on Thursday. Sukiman started cultivating coffee in Deles village, Klaten regency, Central Java, in 2014. JP/Magnus Hendratmo (JP/Magnus Hendratmo)

Indonesia is seeing a rise in agriculture exports as its coffee, vegetables and fruits are in demand overseas despite declining global trade. Agriculture exports reached US$410 million in September, up 16.22 percent from the same month last year, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show. Indonesia’s overall exports, meanwhile, were down just 0.5 percent year-on-year (yoy) at $14.01 billion. “[The agriculture exports] started to pick up in September,” Trade Ministry’s national exports development director general, Kasan Muhri, said in a virtual discussion on Monday. “This is a very good record.” The government is trying to keep Indonesia’s trade afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic that is estimated by the World Trade Organization (WTO) to shrink global trade by between 13 and 32 percent this year. Indonesia has pocketed a $13.51 billion trad...