Tokyo, Japan (ANTARA News) - The Japanese government has finally agreed to allow Indonesian fruits, mangoes in particular, to enter Japan and also to help Indonesia fight fruit flies in order for its fruits to meet Japan`s quality standards, an Indonesian official said.
"With the agreement, the Japanese market has been thrown wide open for Indonesian fruits," Pudjiatmoko, agricultural attache at the Indonesian Embassy here, said on Wednesday.
He said the agreement was part of accords reached in talks on the proposed Indonesia-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) held in Tokyo in mid-April.
Until now, Indonesian fruits cannot enter the Japanese market as they had yet to meet Japanese quality standards while fruits from the Philippines and Thailand dominated markets here.
The Japanese assistance to fight fruit flies would be given in the form of devices to subject fruits to a "vapor heat treatment" process which would free the fruits from potential pests, he said.(*)