Ministry of Industry promotes palm sugar industry exports

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The Indonesian Ministry of Industry encourages palm sugar exports by Small and Medium Industries (IKM) based on the growth potential of the commodity according to the high demand for organic palm sugar exports and huge market potential, especially in the hospitality sector and the high-end market.

“Indonesia is one of the major palm sugar exporting countries in the world. According to the latest data, the export performance of coconut sap or palm sugar products reaches 36.5 thousand tons, for a value of 49.3 million dollars in 2019,” said the general manager. Small, Medium and Miscellaneous Industries (IKMA) of the Ministry of Industry, Reni Yanita noted in a statement on Saturday.

Yanita noted that the export value also increased to 39,400 tons, with a value of $63.5 million in 2020.

Palm sugar is one of the main commodities promoted to improve national export performance. Palm sugar is a type of sugar made entirely from the sap of the palm family tree, such as coconut, palm sugar, or palm palm (siwalan).

“The majority of palm sugar products are produced by IKM at several IKM centers in Central Java and West Java,” Yanita said.

In addition, IKM Indonesian palm sugar is renowned for its production, with 100% local raw materials.

Although it has entered the export market, the palm sugar industry still faces a myriad of challenges in the form of raw materials related to the issue of refined sugar blending, the use of technology and the lack of application of Good Processed Food Production Methods (CPPOB). in production,” Yanita explained.

Market access issues such as branding, use of digital marketplaces and meeting product standardization requirements demanded by the export market have also posed challenges for the software industry. palm sugar.

“To respond to these challenges and to increase palm sugar export capacity, the ministry will set up various support programs,” Yanita said.

Coaching programs include the establishment of a food safety system in the form of HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) assistance and certification, a machinery and/or equipment restructuring program through reimbursements for the purchase of new machinery and/or production equipment, as well as the implementation of the 4.0 processing industry, particularly in terms of efficiency and traceability.

In addition, the Ministry allocates the Special Allocation Fund (DAK) for the development and revitalization of IKM centers as well as the increase of export markets in the form of digital marketing assistance through workshop platforms on global markets, facilitation of membership in global markets workshops and participation. at international exhibitions.

“IKMA General Management also encourages partnerships between IKM and relevant stakeholders to encourage the expansion of the export market,” she added.

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Rachel J. Bradford