Jambi (ANTARA) - Jambi Province exported 108 tons of sticks from the nipa palm tree (nypa fruticans) which have been certified by the Ministry of Agriculture through the Agricultural Quarantine Agency (Barantan) before being dispatched to India.

Quarantine inspection is carried out on sticks so that they can meet the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) requirements or quarantine health requirements from trading partner countries, which are free from target pests and diseases because the sticks from nipa leaf veins are usually used for household needs and souvenirs such as plates, baskets. fruit, and others, said the Head of the Jambi Class I Agricultural Quarantine Center, Abidin, Monday.

The Ministry of Agriculture is committed to increasing exports of various agricultural commodities, with the aim that farmers and business actors can get proportional added value, in addition to being an input for foreign exchange for the country.

Quarantine officers carry out document and physical checks, ensuring that agricultural commodities are free of pests and diseases. If an investment of pests is found, quarantine measures such as fumigation or other quarantine measures are taken to eliminate the pests and this is to prevent rejection when they arrive at the destination country.

"In addition to sticks, four other Jambi agricultural commodities were also exported with a total value of Rp9.4 billion with the aim of going to various countries," said Abidin.

Jambi's exports included 8,500 tons of palm shells destined for Thailand worth Rp 6.6 billion, 81 tons of betel nut for Thailand worth Rp 1.41 billion, 108 tons of sticks for India worth Rp 863.65 million, a total of 117 processed wood, 6432 cubic meters destined for Taiwan worth Rp.453.58 million, and round coconuts totaling 27.5 tons to Pakistan valued at Rp. 89.25 million.

During the 2018 period, Jambi exported 49 types of agricultural commodities to 47 countries with a volume of 916,000 tons and 40,795 m3, and the frequency of shipments was 2,473 times with a value of Rp.3.95 trillion.

Comparison of exports of agricultural commodities for the January - February 2018 period with January - February 2019 there was an increase of more than 700 percent for palm shell commodities and 257 percent for areca nut (palm shells from 29,723 tons to 221,211 tons and 5,819 tons of areca nut to 14,988 tons).

Jambi Province itself has great potential in agriculture. In 2018 the total export value of Jambi's agricultural commodities reached Rp3.95 trillion with leading commodities including palm shells, areca nut, rubber slabs, crude coconut oil (CCO), and processed wood, with destination countries Japan, Thailand, Korea. South, India and Malaysia, said Abidin.

 JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - The Indonesian Palm Oil Council revealed the causes of the scarcity of cooking oil in the market. Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian Palm Oil Board, Harry Hanawi, said the first reason was due to short regulations that made the market mechanism in selling cooking oil irregular and new speculators emerged. "Then secondly, the magnitude of the price disparity between the Highest Retail Price (HET) and the market price.

A lot of cooking oil has been lost from the market route, which has been used as a means to turn to the speculator market," he explained in the National Webinar of the National Logistics and Overseas Supply of Cooking Oil, Wednesday (13/4/2022).

Then the third cause of the scarcity of cooking oil is the geographical location of Indonesia. According to him, Indonesia's geographical location is very wide, where the center of the cooking oil industry is mostly in western Indonesia, namely Sumatra and Java.

So according to him, cooperation is needed with the Director General of Sea Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation, so that the distribution of cooking oil can be distributed properly. "As we know cooking oil in the market is not evenly distributed. That's because there is a delay in terms of distribution. Therefore, there must be a synergy with the Director General of Sea Transportation so that the shipping process can run more smoothly," he explained.

Therefore, he suggested that there should be a policy that is always ready to face the high price disparity between palm oil in the global market and the domestic market for cooking oil for consumers.

In addition, according to him, cooking oil for consumers should be packaged, so that hygiene is guaranteed and the distribution chain will be easier. "Finally, because cooking oil is an important part of the livelihood of many people, it should also be included as a primary food category, and its flow can be traced throughout Indonesia," he concluded.

Quoted from Kompas.com (26/11/2021) The Director General of Domestic Trade at the Ministry of Trade, Oke Nurwan, said that the increase in cooking oil prices was due to the sharp rise in international prices.

In addition, the factor that caused the price of oil in Indonesia to be expensive was the decline in palm oil harvests in the second semester. So, he said, the supply of CPO was limited and caused disruption to the distribution chain (supply chain) of the cooking oil industry.

Another cause that causes the price of cooking oil to rise is the increase in demand for CPO for the fulfillment of the biodiesel industry in line with the implementation of the B30 policy.

Another factor is logistical disruptions during the Covid-19 pandemic, such as the reduced number of containers and ships.