Indonesia has exported its first batch of chicken products to Japan.
The modest order, which included chicken nuggets and sausages, was worth just $10,500 (£7,831) but has raised hopes of further exports.
Badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Indonesian food company involved, Malindo Food Delight, was celebrating this minor success.
Director Lau Joo Hwa told the Jakarta Post that the shipment of six tons of chicken products to Japan had energised the company.
“I hope this export can give extraordinary energy to us and all the parties in seeking other export opportunities,” he said.
“This is also our effort to support the Agriculture Ministry’s movement in raising exports threefold.”
Indonesia’s overall exports are down 9.9 per cent year-on-year to $13.73 billion (£10.4bn) in July, according to Statistics Indonesia data.
Agriculture exports, however, rose to $350 million (£262m) in July, an 11.17 per cent increase from the figure in the same month last year.
Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin
Limpo said Malindo Food Delight’s export success proved that Indonesian chicken products could
penetrate Japan’s market, which demanded high quality food stand-ards.
“The target is raising it tenfold,” said Syahrul. “I hope we can maintain consistency in quality and efficiency so that we can keep competing in the international market.”