Vegetable imports from four entrances only

Thu, 12/15/2011 - 15:11

The Ministry of Agriculture has stated to limit the ports for vegetable and fruit imports to four entry points from the previous eight. The decision will come into effect in March 2012.

The four dedicated points will consist of three ports, namely Belawan Port in North Sumatra, Makasar Port in South Sulawesi, Tanjung Perak Port in Surabaya and one airport, which is the Soekarno Hatta International Airport.

"In the last couple of years, our experts in the quarantine division have detected the coming of new agricultural threatening organism (OPTK). We're especially limiting their entry points to prevent further penetrations of these organisms," said Agriculture Minister Suswono to Agro Asia.

Some of the detected organisms are Panthoeea stewartii, Aphelenchoides fregarie and Pseudomonas Capsici. Another found organism is the Tomato Infectious Chlorosis Crinivirus, which is not yet registered under the Ministerial Regulation Number 38 Year 2006.

Suswono also said that he had signed the Ministerial Regulation Number 89/Permentan/OT.140/12/2011 regarding the Technical Requirements and Quarantine Actions Subjected to Agricultural Products for Fruits and Vegetables within the Indonesian Territories, a revision to the Ministerial Regulation Number 37/Kpts/HK.060/1/2006.

“We have also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indonesian police force to provide the law enforcement. The regulation will be effective about three months since its induction into the Statute Book," he said in Jakarta, Wednesday December 14th.

Unchanged in the new regulation is the types of fruits and vegetables subjected to stricter quarantine, consisting of 42 fruit and vegetable types, as well as the requirement to use specific containers to maintain the specific temperature of goods stored inside.

Head of the Agriculture Ministry Quarantine Agency Banun Harpini said that he will soon provide a much detailed technical requirements regarding the type, time and volume of imported horticulture products. (fir)

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