Rattan export ban will benefit local industry: Minister

Kamis, 10 November 2011 | 16:50

Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan has assured that a regulation that will ban rattan exports will benefit all domestic stakeholders, especially local rattan farmers.The ministerial regulation will ensure that rattan produced by farmers would be used by local craftsmen.

“I have discussed [the regulation] with the industry minister, the forestry minister and the governors of Central Kalimantan and West Sulawesi,” Gita said Monday as quoted by tribunnews.com.

He added that the regulation would also put an end to illegal rattan exports which harm the environment.

“We have promised to provide the rattan industry and craftsmen with training and development, not just in Java but also in Kalimantan and Sulawesi,” Gita said, pointing out that Kalimantan and Sulawesi were

Indonesia's main rattan production centers.

If everything goes according to the government plan, the ministry will ban rattan exports in December this year.

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