INAUGURATION OF EWINDO HORTICULTURE SEED EXPORT
President Joko Widodo on various occasions invited all parties to make a breakthrough step to boost export performance to bring in foreign exchange. Horticulture as an agricultural subsector has an important role in driving the wheels of the Indonesian economy. Data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) stated that the GDP of the agricultural sector in the second quarter of 2019 increased 5.41%. GDP growth was greater than the first quarter of 2017 and 2018, respectively 3% and 5.01%. The horticulture subsector became the second largest contributor to the GDP of the agricultural sector at 6.11%.
Minister of Agriculture Syahrul Yasin Limpo appreciated the achievement of IBCSD’s member, Ewindo, exporting 48 billion horticultural seeds in 2019 and hopes that exports will continue to increase to support the Ministry of Agriculture’s Threefold Agricultural Export Movement (GRATIEKS) program. Seeds that have been successfully exported include: pumpkin, bitter melon, long beans, cucumbers, squash, water pumpkin, chili, watermelon, spinach, eggplant, beans, kale, melon, sweet corn, red onion, tomatoes, lettuce and cauliflower. Meanwhile, until the end of 2020 Ewindo targets horticultural seed exports to reach Rp98 billion to Asian countries such as India, Japan, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and ASEAN countries such as Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam.