Indonesia Agriculture Exports Grow

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Indonesia is seeing a rise in agriculture exports as its coffee, vegetables and fruits are in demand overseas despite declining global trade, The Jakarta Post reported on October 20.  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 sector managed to record growth as other sectors shrank. 

Coffee, vegetables, betel nuts, coconuts, guavas, mangos, mangosteens, clove, and pepper were the main agricultural goods the country exported in the January-August period, Trade Ministry’s national exports development director general, Kasan Muhri, said. Coconuts showed the highest rise at 189.19 percent yoy in the period.  

Nearly one-fifth of Indonesia’s agricultural exports in the January-August period went to China, which was followed by the United States, Japan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Singapore, Kasan said. During the period, the country saw the highest annual growth in its agriculture exports to Iran at 297.47 percent. Exports to Spain, the Philippines, Russia, Japan, and China also demonstrated robust expansion.

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