Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA News) - Bali earned 125.6 million US dollars from its light industry exports in the first semester of this year, a 14.7 percent increase over the same period last year when the figure was 109 million US dollars, a local trade official said.
"Garments from home industries have mostly been the prime mover of the export increase in the category of light industry," Putu Bagiada, head of the Bali industry and trade office said Saturday.
In addition to garment, Bagiada added, there have been five other light industry products which registered a good acceptance in overseas markets, namely canned fish, leather bags, footwear, knock-down rattan/bamboo houses and plastics products.
From the total export value of 125.6 million dollars, garment products fetched 82.8 million dollars from 33.4 million pieces of garment products consisting of various types and measurements. The main markets for garment products were the United States and Europe.
The export value of garment product in the first semester increased 15 percent compared to the same period last year of 72.1 million dollars and an increase of 31 percent by volume of 25.4 pieces.
The value of canned fish export was registered 16 million dollars from 7,221 tons of shipments, a 26.5 percent increase compared to 12.7 million dollars in the same period last. Whereas by volume, the exported canned fish was 6.398 tons.
Bagiada added miscellaneous plastic products exported registered revenue of 14.9 million dollars from the export of 17.6 million pieces of such items, a 21 percent increase by value and 20 percent increase by volume compared to 12.2 million dollars and 14.7 million pieces respectively.
Footwear made of banana barks, leather and textile ornamented with chaplets designed for the young got 3.8 million dollars from the exported volume of 879,000 pieces. The export value of these products increased 5.2 percent from last year's 3.5 million dollars. (*)