June 16, 2021 ago could be a proud day for the residents of Sragen, Central Java because it coincided with the first export shipment of premium rice belonging to PT Banyu Bening Jaya to Saudi Arabia.
Later, a Saudi Arabian company, Batlah Cooperation for Operation and Maintenance, will act as a distributor of this premium rice to the entire Saudi Arabian market.
In this first shipment, 20 tons of the planned total of 1000 tons of premium rice were successfully delivered, which of course will bring a significant increase in trade value between Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.
Sragen Regency is the 11th granary in the national scale and the third in Central Java Province.
Premium rice exports are currently the first exports in Indonesia to penetrate Saudi Arabia.
Rice exports to Saudi Arabia are expected to be a momentum for the entry and recognition of Indonesian rice products in the Saudi Arabian market.
The success of the initial export of rice is the result of the synergy between the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sragen Regency Government and Central Java Province.
For this reason, Indonesian Representatives in Saudi Arabia (KBRI Riyadh and Consulate General in Jeddah) are always ready to support the Indonesian Government’s efforts to increase exports of Indonesian products to Saudi Arabia, especially efforts to restore the national economy in the current pandemic conditions.
Saudi Arabia is Indonesia’s trading partner country which is ranked 21st as Indonesia’s export destination.
The value of Indonesia’s non-oil and gas exports to Saudi Arabia in the April 2021 period experienced a fairly good increase, reaching 5.94% compared to the same period in the previous year, from USD 519.86 million to USD 550.76 million.