Arsianews, Jakarta – The Ministry of Agriculture through the Agricultural Quarantine Agency (Barantan) will continue to encourage Jasmine flower exports to Saudi Arabia and other Asian countries. This commitment was conveyed by Ali Jamil, Head of Barantan when launching the first export of jasmine flowers to Malaysia via Ahmad Yani Airport, Tegal, Central Java.
The flower whose Latin name is Jasminum Sambac has now become a mainstay economic commodity in Central Java. During August 2018 to January 2019 alone, the value of jasmine exports from Central Java has reached Rp 200.55 billion. The main markets are Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.
“Melati has an ornamental function in traditional and religious events. Therefore the demand is quite large,” said Ali. “Moreover, our products are of good quality. The aroma is different from ordinary jasmine. That’s why many countries like it.”
Barantan itself is tasked with carrying out checks and health guarantees on export commodities to be free of plant pests and diseases, including live insects. The process carried out by Barantan is dyeing insecticide (dithane) and cooling. This is done so that the export of jasmine can meet the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) requirements of the destination country.
“We make sure that it does not contain insects, pests, or diseases, so that they are not rejected in the destination country,” Jamil said.
The program of launching the first export of jasmine to Malaysia via Ahmad Yani Airport also presented 200 shallots, garlic and organic red rice farmers. The farmers were presented to attend the Agro Gemilang program at the Semarang Quarantine Hall.
Through the Agro Gemilang program, the Ministry of Agriculture via Barantan provides assistance to farmers and prospective exporters in order to participate in plunging to increase exports of agricultural commodities.
Guidance to farmer groups is carried out through technical guidance on how to control plant-disturbing organisms in the field during cultivation, teaching how to process and packaging for exports by applying hygiene and sanitation in the process.
“This is one of the efforts to improve our trade balance, through non-oil exports,” he said.
In Central Java, jasmine flower farmers are mainly located in Tegal, Pemalang, Batang and Pekalongan Regencies with a total land area of 600 hectares. The price of jasmine cut at the farm level for the local market is Rp 30,000 – Rp 50,000 rupiah per kg, while for export purposes, prices at the farm level can reach Rp 100,000 per kg. The benefits of farmers can increase to more than 100%.
In Central Java alone there are only 9 exporters of jasmine flowers, most of which are exported through Soekarno Hatta Airport, Banten. KRT Darori Wonodipuro, Member of the House of Representatives from Commission IV who participated in the launch hoped that the relevant agencies and state-owned enterprises could facilitate and encourage the export of jasmine which could be carried out directly from Central Java.