Kekayaan Buah Tropis Kita

Pagi ini sarapan berbagai buah yang tersaji di restoran salah satu hotel di Bangkok, persis di sebelah lokasi ledakan bom minggu lalu. Semua buah dicicipi. Ada langsat, markisa, pisang, rambutan, pepaya, semangka, dan lengkeng.

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Semua buah yang saya cicipi rasanya kalah dengan buah-buahan tropis kita. Duku Palembang dan langsat Pontianak jauh lebih nikmat. Markisa Brastagi dan markisa hutan Sarongge jauh lebih manis ketimbang markisa yang saya santap pagi ini. Pisang kita lebih enak daripada pisang yang tertera di foto. Pepaya pun demikian. Rambutan kita jauh lebih unggul ketimbang rambutan Bangkok.

Satu-satunya yang kita kalah barangkali cuma lengkeng. Namun, dua minggu lalu saya menikmati lengkeng Singkawang ketika bertandang ke Pontianak. Ukuran lengkeng Singkawang sama besar dengan lengkeng Bangkok tetapi rasa manisnya tidak kalah. Karena pasokannya masih terbatas, harga lengkeng Singkawang lebih mahal ketimbang lengkeng Bangkok.

Kita agaknya masih kalah dalam hal kemasan atau penyajian. Langsat Bangkok disajikan masih utuh di tangkainya seperti buah anggur.

Masalah mendasar yang kita hadapi adalah soal harga. Akibat ongkos transportasi yang mahal karena urusan logistik yang buruk, harga buah-buahan di daerah produsen jatuh ketika musim panen. Perbedaan harga di tingkat konsumen bisa sampai lima-delapan kali lipat lebih tinggi ketimbang di tingkat produsen.

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About faisal basri

Faisal Basri is currently senior lecturer at the Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia and Chief of Advisory Board of Indonesia Research & Strategic Analysis (IRSA). His area of expertise and discipline covers Economics, Political Economy, and Economic Development. His prior engagement includes Economic Adviser to the President of Republic of Indonesia on economic affairs (2000); Head of the Department of Economics and Development Studies, Faculty of Economics at the University of Indonesia (1995-98); and Director of Institute for Economic and Social Research at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Indonesia (1993-1995), the Commissioner of the Supervisory Commission for Business Competition (2000-2006); Rector, Perbanas Business School (1999-2003). He was the founder of the National Mandate Party where he was served in the Party as the first Secretary General and then the Deputy Chairman responsible for research and development. He quit the Party in January 2001. He has actively been involved in several NGOs, among others is The Indonesian Movement. Faisal Basri was educated at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Indonesia where he received his BA in 1985 and graduated with an MA in economics from Vanderbilt University, USA, in 1988.
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4 Responses to Kekayaan Buah Tropis Kita

  1. kutukamus says:

    Dari dulu bingung saya soal buah dkk itu Pak: petani (/peternak dll) jual murah, konsumen beli mahal. Begitu terus.. Mungkin memang soal distribusi ya. Untung buah kita enak-enak 🙂

  2. Bacan says:

    Lalu nasib buah lokal saat ini bagaimana ya pak kalau impor masih terus dilakukan dan buah lokal tidak dapat insentif dr pemerintah petaninya shg harga jd mahal

  3. Adi Logo says:

    Kemarin pasar minggu baru saja di gusur, buah lokal mkin sulit saja, tergusur buah impor

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