The government may delay for about three months the plan to ban the country’s main Tanjung Priok Port as the entry point for horticulture import, according to Deputy Minister of Agriculture Rusman Heriawan.
He said Monday that a temporary delay is an option to allow “better preparation,” following protests from various parties over the policy including from foreign countries such as the US and New Zealand.
The government initially planned to cut down the number of entry points for imported horticulture products from eight to four as part of an overall policy to tighten horticulture import that is supposed to be effective March 19, 2012. The import of horticulture products would no longer be allowed to be made via the Tanjung Priok Port. (firman/rei)