Jakarta (Antara) – The Local Fruit Festival (GBN) 2021 is aimed at renewing demand for local fruits to support the country’s economic growth, said Minister of Economic Affairs Erlanga Hartarto.
He said the event, which will open on Monday, will help the country’s fruit needs to grow not only locally but also internationally.
He also expressed hope that the event would serve as a market place to increase public awareness of eating local fruits.
Agriculture is the second largest sector in Indonesia after the processing industry, growing by 0.38 percent in the second quarter of 2020 and 2021, Hartarto said.
During the COVID-19 epidemic, local and international demand for fruits has increased by increasing their immunity, he said.
“This shows the resilience of the sector, the need for its presence in every situation and its continued contribution to economic growth,” he said.
He said horticulture is a growing sub-sector. The government continues to push for horticultural exports, releasing restrictions.
Indonesian Gardeners Exports It reached 645.8 thousand tons in 2020, an increase of 37.75 percent compared to 2019, Hartto said.
The increase was dominated by fruit exports reaching 389.9 thousand tons, Compared to 2019, it showed an increase of 30.31 percent.
Indonesia’s five largest exporters are China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
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