Indonesia controls 43% of world’s pearl supply

Senin, 09 September 2013 | 08:30

Indonesia is currently supplying 43% of the world’s needs for South Sea Pearl and still considered as the largest producer.However, the country’s trade value ranked 9th in the world with export value of US$29,4 million or 2.07% from the total export value of pearl in world that reaches US$1,4 billion.

Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Sharif C. Sutardjo said Indonesia’s trade value is still below Hong Kong, China, Japan, Australia, Tahiti, US, Switzerland, and UK.

“Indonesian pearl export destinations are Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Switzerland, India, New Zealand, and France,” he said in the Pre Launching program of Indonesian South Sea Pearls Book as quoted by Antara news agency, Sunday (9/8/2013).

Sharif said the ministry is optimistic to increase the export value of pearl because Indonesia has the supporting factors, including cultivation areas, manpower, supporting equipments and technologies. (msw)

by  Arsyad Paripurna