Indonesians, Let's Save Our Local Fruits by Consuming Them More.

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This petition is proudly made by Joseph, Evan, Michelle, Nael, Rachel, students of 9 Joshua, Saint John’s Catholic School BSD from our collective concern and love for the preservation of our local fruits and plants.

 

Background

Written by Michelle Tony


Indonesia, a tropical paradise with the seemingly perfect weather, plenty of both rain and sunshine. Paired with the possession of fertile lands, there would be no question that Indonesia would have agriculture as its strong factor in its economy. Agriculture has been a very important sector in Indonesia’s economy and welfare, currently holding 30% of its fertile land for agriculture and 41% of the total Indonesian workforce labour. 


Although most Indonesian work in the agricultural sector, consumption of local fruits has sunken drastically compared to the consumption of imported fruits. This has led farmers little-to-no choice to reduce the production of local fruits from the lesser known fruits such as Menteng and Gandaria, even to the more well-known fruits such as Rambutan and Durian. This deduction of local fruits production lessens the variation of fruits to increase the consumption of said fruit, not able to fulfill the demand of their few consumers.


Problem

Written by Joseph Myron Tjandra


Several problems are affecting local fruit production. First is consumer taste. Along with the growth in people's income, the need for fruit is also increasing. However, people are increasingly critical of the quality and type of fruit they want to consume. “Papaya for example. Currently, there is a phenomenon of the need for small papayas because ordinary, large papayas cannot be eaten out in one consumption. It would be wasteful if the fruit can not be finished. Mango is the same. The mango right now is too big, wet, and also sweet.


The second problem is local fruit branding. Indonesia is very rich in fruit but there is no clear consistency in the marketing of the fruit brand. "95% of Bangkok papaya is produced in Indonesia. Hawaiian papaya is also 70% produced domestically. Therefore, we need a positive image of the fruits produced in Indonesia. The banana fruit is one of the famous local fruits on the market. The Indonesian plantain is recognized by the world as the best banana. However, it only happened 1 second after cutting. Why? The process of cutting, transporting, and storing these bananas before placing them on the market is very poor. This causes the banana's shape and quality to be damaged. Fruit quality is the main element that consumers pay attention to. A problem that is also in the spotlight is the need for sustainable research and development of fruit research.

 


Impact

Written by Matthew Evander William


The impact of the loss of local fruits is very detrimental, because it has many negative impacts on plants. Here are four impacts: 


First, it can cause the extinction of fruit species, because Indonesia is diverse, there are some fruits that can only be found in Indonesia which is very heartbreaking. Second, it causes suffering for the farmers in Indonesia, they will suffer from the crop failure. Third, this could trigger an economic crisis in Indonesia because the agricultural sector is the backbone of the Indonesian economy. Fourth, it can cause an increase in the price of fruit, which occurs because fruit production will decrease and many people want it.


Our suggestion

Written by Nathanael Gustav Pratama


Our suggestions are everyone should include local food as daily consumption. With this, agriculture will automatically advance and farmers will prosper. We also give farmers the opportunity to develop their land potential, including by using polyculture. This method uses the same land with alternating planting periods. In limited land, you can do urban farming. The types also vary, such as verticulture, hydroponics, community gardens with residents, or large scale greenhouses.


 By growing food crops such as vegetables and fruit, you are not only promoting local food consumption, but also providing food at home independently. The source of carbohydrates does not only come from rice. It is better if you try other food ingredients to increase the variety of preparations. Rice can be replaced with yams, corn, sago, and even sorghum.


Closure

Written by Rachel Aurell Azella


Taking everything altogether, with what would happen if we don't act soon enough, the problems will deteriorate as the year passes by, and Indonesians may cause a gigantic loss of organic products in the event that if we don't start making moves. The misfortune we face is sustenance inadequacy, which is a much needed for human wellbeing. Just as bad as the issue including economy issues. The younger generation of ours should begin making basic moves, for example, devouring local natural products. That is the least we can do. We have to avoid the paddy fields regarding to the mechanical advancements as this rates up the occurence of losing the variety of food plants in Indonesia in light of the fact that the land to recreate plants are removed. By that we should raise import food burdens so that individuals purchase more neighborhood nourishments, and in this way the state can benefit from anybody bringing in nourishments. What's more, give nearby ranchers more help by giving them what they need, assistance transport the products. Increment the land required for the plants to develop. We believe you can sign our request of and get this message heard so no such issues will be experienced later ahead as it very well may be exceptionally harming the impending ages, in wellbeing and even naturally. We put our trust in this problem will be settled soon.