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Indonesia to impose standard quality for garlic this year
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2007-06-19 13:21

Indonesia will impose a standard quality for garlic to be traded in domestic market this year to provide a qualified products for consumers, agriculture ministry said Monday.

Director of Quality and Standardization of the ministry Nyoman Oka Tridjaja said in an interview with Xinhua that the commodities supplied from domestic and imported from overseas must comply with the requirement that would be applied this year.

He said that the standard so called "the Indonesian obligatory standard (SNI)" would be harmonized with the international rules.

As a member of the World Trade Organization, the draft of the rules would be notified to the world organization for 60 days before they kick off.

During the notification period, all concerned parties, including producers and traders and consumers could cast their complaint and some adjustment will be made.

Over 90 percent of Indonesia's consumption of garlic was supplied from overseas, which most of their quality was low, said Tridjaja.

Last year Indonesia imported nearly 250,000 tones of garlic, according to the ministry.

"Many of garlic traded in domestic market do not meet standard of quality. There are many complaints from consumers," he said.

Source:Shanghai Daily 
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