The Jakarta Post | Sat, 12/13/2008 7:58 PM
The Agriculture Ministry said Saturday that it had requested to China to open its market to Indonesian tropical fruits.
"We have asked the Chinese government to open its domestic market to tropical fruits from Indonesia and we have also proposed that certain particular fruits from our country be exported to China," Syukur Iwantoro, head of the agriculture ministry`s quarantine commission, said as quoted by state news agency Antara.
Iwantoro and a number of Agriculture Ministry officials are currently in Beijing at to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation and consultation in the field of phytosanitation to ensure product and consumers security between the two countries.
The MoU was signed by Indonesia and China`s General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).
Iwantoro said he had asked the Chinese government to import tropical fruits such as avocado, durian (durio zibeethinus), dukuh (lansium domesticum), water melon, melon, rambutan (nephelium lappaceum), guava, and mango (mangifer indica) from Indonesia.
Based on research, Iwantoro said those fruits had a potential market in China and therefore Indonesia wanted to export them to the country.
"From the result of our discussion with AQSIQ, we were given a signal that Indonesia has an opportunity to export a number of its tropical fruits to China if they have been registered with AQSIQ," he said.