DENPASAR, Bali (BPN) – Bali is still exporting some agricultural and handicraft products amid the global economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Bali Governor Wayan Koster, this export is very important despite the current economic condition.
“Our agriculture and handicrafts products are still running normally even still able to penetrate to foreign markets,” Koster said when releasing the exports of Bali’s mangosteen and handicraft to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sunday.
The exported commodities consisted of one ton of mangosteen to Dubai, UAE, by air transportation, and 504 containers of handicraft shipped by sea through Benoa Port.
On the same day, Bali also exported plantation products such as Balinese cocoa and paprika seeds to Singapore and the Netherland.
Meanwhile, Bali’s suar wood (Albizia Saman), and bamboo products are exported to Canada, Portugal, Mexico, Brazil, and Spain.
In addition, Japan is the market for horticultural products such as cabai keriting (red chili curls), cabai rawit (red bird’s eye chili), and lime.
Head of the Denpasar Agricultural Quarantine Center I Putu Tarumanegara reported that until the third week of April, the export of agricultural products has reached 799 thousand tons worth IDR 86 billion, and 3000 tons of forestry products worth IDR 42 billion which exported to a various country.