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Food Commodity and Health Products Show Export Potentials during Pandemic

Tuesday, 27-July-2021 13:00

La Nyalla Mahmud Mattalitti, Chairperson of the Indonesian Regional Representative Council (DPD)
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La Nyalla Mahmud Mattalitti, Chairperson of the Indonesian Regional Representative Council (DPD)
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MALANG, NETRALNEWS.COM - La Nyalla Mahmud Mattalitti, Chairperson of the Indonesian Regional Representative Council (DPD), says the food commodity sector and health products show great potential to increase exports amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

LaNyalla added that the export potential is expected to refer to the changing of global consumption patterns due to the pandemic.

"The pandemic has shifted people's consumption patterns around the world. What is needed most are food commodities and health products. My prediction in the future is that these two commodities have great potential and their export value can be increased," he said in Malang, East Java.

He said one of the important things that must be done is to identify leading industrial commodities to maximize exports.

LaNyalla added that in 2020, the chemical, pharmaceutical, and traditional medicine industries grew positively by 21.71 percent. This was followed by the food and beverage industry which grew by 3.82 percent.

Based on data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) of East Java, the industrial sector contributed 84.80 percent to regional revenues in the June 2021 period. Furthermore, the oil and gas sector contributed 9.08 percent, the agricultural sector gave 6.97 percent, and the mining sector helped with 0.17 percent. .

The United States is the main export destination for East Java, followed by Japan, China, Malaysia and India.

“The contribution of this industrial sector, especially in East Java, can be a point for the government to focus on developing the sector. However, don't be fixated on big industries, as small and medium industries also need to be considered," LaNyalla said.

Several priority sectors identified by the Industry and Trade Office of East Java Province include pure copper in the form of cathodes, jewelry made of precious metals, plywood with a thickness not exceeding six millimeters, wooden furniture, wood and wood product derivates, liquid fraction of packaged purified oil, and shrimp.

"It is better if the East Java Provincial Government cooperates with the Indonesian Embassies or Trade Attachés to conduct a survey to countries that can still be export destinations on what products are accepted and suitable in that country," LaNyalla added, as reported by Antara.

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