Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman said the government has allocated Rp5.5 trillion to support local farmers in developing local fruit and food crops.

"This is the presidents order. We will provide seed and fertilizer assistance worth Rp5.5 trillion from September this year until next year," the minister said after attending the launch of a local fruit campaign here on Sunday.

The minister said the seeds to be provided through the assistance will be adjusted to the kinds of the local superior fruits.

"Any local fruits, if possible all local fruits such as mango and others," he said.

He said local fruits in Indonesia have big potential for export. Many countries, particularly ones which have four seasons, have been looking for importing local fruits such as mango, mangosteen and pineapple.

"Mango, mangosteen and pineapple have very good prospect," he added.(*)

Editor: Heru Purwanto
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