The Indonesian government through the Ministry of Agriculture held a bilateral meeting with the Australian Government to discuss livestock, horticulture and quarantine issues, and formulate strategic and concrete technical cooperation.
Acting Secretary General of Ministry of Agriculture, Momon Rusmono specifically asked the Australian side to provide broad market access for Indonesian horticultural commodities, such as bananas, pineapples, mangoes, zalacca, and mangosteen, to enter the Australian market.
“Facilitation of market access must also be supported by technical cooperation and capacity buildingfrom Australia, so that Australia not only opens its market for Indonesian agricultural products, but also cooperates in increasing the competitiveness of Indonesian agricultural products,” Momon said through official information in Jakarta on Friday.
There was also a bilateral meeting facilitated through the” Working Group on the 22nd on Agriculture, Food and Forestry Cooperation (WGAFFC) in Bandar Lampung on Wednesday (10/7).
At the previous meeting held in February 2018 in Meulbourne (Australia), the Ministry of Agriculture represented by the Agriculture Quarantine Agency (Barantan) managed to reach an agreement including irradiation methods for the export of mango and dragon fruit commodities, as well as exports of processed chicken products that must be in accordance with Australia’s biosecurity requirements .
The agenda of the bilateral meeting was also coupled with field visits to the horticulture business unit in Bandar Lampung province. On that occasion, the Australian delegation visited the company Great Giant Food (GGF), one of the largest producers of bananas and pineapples in Indonesia.
“This visit has become very important as Indonesia’s efforts to promote and convince Australians in the readiness of banana and pineapple commodities to enter the Australian market,” Momon said.
The Indonesian delegation also involved representatives of the Directorate General of Animal Husbandry and Animal Health, the Directorate General of Horticulture, the Agricultural Quarantine Agency, and the Head of the Agriculture Service of Lampung Province as well as the Great Giant Food business. Meanwhile, the Australian delegation is led by Acting First Assistant Secretary Jodie Ann Mc Alister.
Henceforth, the bilateral meeting of the two countries will be held in Australia in 2020. The two countries agreed on the WGAFFC meeting to be a strong foundation in resolving the problems faced by the two countries.