BANDUNG - The Regional Government of West Java Province encourages gedong mango and mangosteen to penetrate the door of Japanese exports which have been known to be difficult to accept the province's commodities.
Regional Secretary (Secretary) West Java Iwa Karniwa said that so far West Java commodities were rather difficult to penetrate Japan because of the stringent requirements. This time the party is more optimistic because the Japan Indonesia Committee will have an audience. "Exports are the most difficult to Japan, but with the Japanese plan [investment] we prepare only two commodities," he said when contacted on Thursday (8/11/18)
According to him, two commodities were prepared, namely gedong gincu and mangosteen mangoes from the North and Priangan regions. The plan is for Japanese businessmen to be encouraged as investors in this commodity through the plasma core scheme. "So we expect Japan to be a buyer and if possible be a plasma core investor," he said.
He considered the plasma core scheme to ensure certainty for the commodity farmers, given market certainty, prices and buyers. Pemprov believes that in this way the opportunity for farmers to earn high income is very open. "Because the export price is expensive, it can be IDR 40,000 - IDR 50,000 per kilo, that's for mangosteen," he said.
At present the commodity in the local market is only valued at Rp. 7,000-Rp. 11,000 per kilogram. Japan has become a potential market, considering that these fruits are more widely accepted by China's export markets, Hong Kong, the Netherlands and France. "We also increase competitive agriculture so that we can increase foreign exchange reserves," he said.
Iwa said the West Java Provincial Government had prepared land availability and how many gedong and mangosteen plants. For Gedong currently the biggest contribution is coming from Majalengka which reaches 403,000 trees, with a land area of ??4,033 hectares and production reaching 325,457 tons per year. "The export value of gedong mangoes has only reached US $ 638,136, Japan still has not [received] for mangoes," he explained.
While the highest mangosteen production comes from Tasikmalaya which has 431,000 trees and an area of ??4,313 hectares, its production is up to 28,693 tons. According to him Tasikmalaya accounts for 45% of West Java mangosteen production. "The land in Tasikmalaya is still very wide and suitable for mangosteen cultivation," he said.
According to him, the gedong mango commodity is spread in the Indramayu, Sumedang, Majalengka, Kuningan and Cirebon regions.
Data from 2017 showed that from these 6 regions the capacity reached 2.39 million trees, an area of ??23,959 hectares and production of 325,457 tons. "Majalengka's biggest contribution was followed by Indramayu whose production was 77,474 tons," he said.
According to him, the gedong mango is very popular in the export markets of Singapore, Oman, the United States and Germany. While the mangosteen itself is produced by 5 production centers in Priangan, from Tasikmalaya, Bogor, Sukabumi and Purwakarta. "In 2016, the exported mangosteen came out to 473,267 kilograms," he said.
From the available data, in addition to Tasikmalaya, Sukabumi Regency produces quite a large amount of mangosteen for West Java considering its production reaches 1,911 tons from 38,122 trees on an area of ??381 hectares. Of the 5 centers of mangosteen production produced according to Iwa reached 42,122. "The center is still Tasikmalaya," he said.
Until now, mangosteen is the largest horticultural export product from West Java where on average, West Java mangosteen exports around 1 container per month. "In addition to mangosteen, West Java also exports mangoes such as sweet arum and vegetables," he said.