Indonesia eyes to become world’s herbal medicine supplier

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Herbal medicine raw materials. (Source: Health Ministry)

Jakarta, IO – Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita revealed that Indonesia is seeking to become a global supplier of phytopharmaceutical, scientifically recognized and clinically tested traditional herbal medicines.

This, he said, is in line with President Joko Widodo’s directive to encourage the downstreaming of the herbal medicine industry.

“Indonesia has the resource, biodiversity, with around 2,800 species of medicinal plants. Several phytopharmaceutical products from Indonesia have been exported to several European countries, especially for diabetes treatment,” Agus said in Jakarta, as reported by CNBC Indonesia on Friday (19/8).

Agus elaborated that Dexa-produced diabetes medicine has been prescribed by doctors in the UK.

He said the market potential for herbal medicines is very large, both domestically and overseas. Consumption of natural medicines in the country is estimated to reach Rp23 trillion in 2025.