International Festival of Fruit and Flower of Nusantara 2016

Indonesia will promote its typical fruits and flowers at the International Nusantara Fruits and Flowers of Nusantara in Bogor, West Java, on November 17-20, 2016. This festival is held as part of the government's efforts to boost the production of local fruits and flowers. In addition to, the event is aimed at increasing the production and export capacity of local fruits and flowers by improving the quality of local fruits and flowers to meet international standards.

Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman stated here on Monday that the event was being organized by the Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB) in coordination with the agriculture, tourism, and small medium enterprises ministries. Amran says that the International Indonesian Fruits and Flowers Festival explores the diversity of the country's fruits and flowers and promotes its export potential all over the world

"President Joko Widodo hopes this event will be the largest ever to be held in the history of Indonesia," The minister noted.

The minister affirmed that the international festival offered an opportunity to increase the value of Indonesias fresh fruit exports, which had grown from year to year. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Indonesia is home to more than 100 species of carbohydrate plants, 100 species of leguminous plants, 450 species of fruit trees, 250 species of vegetables, more than 940 species of medicinal plants and more than 25,000 species of flowering plants.

The Ministry of Agriculture noted that the production of five major fruits --- banana, orange, mango, pineapple, and durian --- had increased by 4.72 percent in 2015 as compared to the previous year.

Meanwhile, the value of Indonesias fresh fruit exports also grew from US$28.9 million in 2014 to $37.7 million in 2015.

The trade value of ornamental plants also increased. In 2015, the export value rose to $24.9 million from $16.58 million in the previous year.

Meanwhile, IPB Rector Herry Suhardiyanto stated that the International Festival of Fruits and Flowers was one of the national programs to support the Orange Revolution Movement launched by the government.

The movement aims to develop Indonesias fruit plantations to reduce dependence on imported fruits.

Herry emphasized that the festival was expected to increase the quantity, quality, consistency, and sustainability of Indonesias fruit and flower imports.

The international festival will feature an international innovation exhibition, business matchmaking forum, and export business training.

A total of 500 international trade groups to participate in the festival comprise importers, distributors, retail businesses, food and beverage manufacturers, chambers of commerce, international cooperation marketing agency, and world trade organizations.

The festival is expected to cater to 20,000 local visitors and 500 international traders — including importers, distributors and wholesalers — from 22 countries, including the participants hail from the ASEAN countries, China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, the Middle East countries, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe and America.