JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Minister of Trade Agus Suparmanto said that Indonesian fruits can compete in the international market. One of them, dragon fruit local who are considered capable of defeating dragon fruit from Vietnam.
” Dragon fruit Indonesia has the potential that continues to be developed, Indonesia can beat Vietnam because local dragon fruit can be harvested throughout the year because of Indonesia’s geographical location which is on the equator, “he said at the launch of the 5th Indonesian National Fruit Title in Jakarta, Monday (10/8/2020) .
Based on data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), said Agus, during January-March 2020 dragon fruit became an export commodity with a high increase reaching 234 percent.
The export of Indonesian dragon fruit products to the world continues to increase every year. Its export growth has reached 12.91 percent in the last five years, from US $ 145,000 in 2015 to US $ 208,000 in 2019.
Meanwhile, the global market demand for dragon fruit also continues to increase. During the 2015-2019 period, it grew positively by 7.51 percent, from 2.84 billion US dollars in 2015 to 3.67 billion US dollars in 2019.
Therefore, Agus assessed that Indonesian dragon fruit has great potential for export, especially to China.
“So one of the tropical fruits that has the potential to continue to be developed is dragon fruit,” he said.
Apart from dragon fruit, other Indonesian fruits are also in great demand in the global market. Such as mango, nuts and pineapple which are exported to Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, China and India.
“Several times ago, there was even a request from the United Arab Emirates, they wanted to import fruits from Indonesia, and they have asked us what kinds of fruits can be exported there,” added Agus.