Mon, 19 Jul 2010

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia is planning to increase its vegetable exports to Singapore where consumption of vegetables had reached 2,000-2,500 tons per day, an official said.

"Singapore authorities acknowledge that our vegetables and fruits have high quality," Deputy Agriculture Minister Bayu Krisnamurthi said in a short message text on Sunday.

Singapore intended to import a great deal of vegetables from Indonesia following reports that Chinese vegetable growers would increase the prices of vegetable exports to the island state, he said.

Singapore had agreed to increase its fruit and vegetable imports from Indonesia as of this year, he said.

He said during his visit to Singapore on July 16, the Singapore Food Industry (SFI) Pte Ltd and the Indonesian Exporters for Fruit and Vegetables Association (AESBI) also signed a contract for the supply of fruits and vegetables to the neighboring country.

"We will begin with potato and cabbage exports. It is up to our capacity to supply the two types of vegetables (to Singapore)," he said.

He said the two neighboring states also had agreed to the quality requirements of Indonesian products which could be exported to Singapore.

Singapore currently relies on Malaysia and China for 43 percent and 28 percent of its vegetable and fruit needs. Indonesia supplies 6 percent of the city state`s vegetable and fruit needs, followed by Australia (5 percent), the United States (3 percent), Vietnam (3 percent), and Thailand (2 percent).

Indonesia exported US$7,940,093 worth of vegetables in May 2010 compared to US$3,345,164 in the same period last year. (*)