By: Sahrudin – @SahrudinSaja
SOME varieties of pumpkins and winter squashes freshly harvested in Dusun Dadapan of Pakis Village, Pakis District, Magelang Regency, Central Java, on Monday (June 2, 2014).
Joko Suyitno, a trader of pumpkins and winter squashes, said, demand for these agricultural commodities comes from various traditional markets and supermarkets in Central Java to its neighboring province Yogyakarta, as well as from West Java and Indonesia’s capital Jakarta.
Mr Joko sells the pumpkins and winter squashes averagely 2,000 IDR perkilogram.
As in previous years, before the coming of the fasting month of Ramadan on July 28 he will stock up on more pumpkins and winter squashes supplies.
These agricultural commodities requirements usually increase sharply during the Islamic fasting month as Muslims cooking them into the kolak, sweet-traditional treats for breaking the fast.
In addition to meeting domestic needs, Mr Joko also exports the pumpkins and winter squashes to Singapore, keeping up with his competitors from Thailand.***