S. Sulawesi business lobby opposes new horticulture import policy

Fri, 02/10/2012 - 16:08

The South Sulawesi chapter of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) opposes the Ministry of Agriculture’s new policy to appoint the local port in the provincial capital city of Makassar as one of the four entry-points of horticulture import.

Chairman of the Kadin branch Zulkarnaen Arief said that the planned policy would cause detrimental effect on local horticulture farmers.

He said that he would marshal 59 business associations to protest the policy, announced by Minister of Agriculture Suswono late last year as part of efforts to tighten the procedure of horticulture import.  Under the policy, to be effective March 19, 2012, the government would cut down the number of entry points for imported fruits and vegetables from eight to four.

As part of the policy, horticulture import would no longer be allowed to enter the country via the main Tanjung Priok Port, which is considered already overload.  It would be diverted to other ports including the one in Makassar.

The East Java provincial administration has earlier expressed similar protest.  The US government has also protested the new policy as it could affect the flow of US horticulture products to Indonesia. (rei) . 

 

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