West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) is keen to become an international pearl market centre, Governor Muhammad Zainul Majdi said on Thursday, 2 July.
in particular is a renowned center for pearl production and trade, and quality pearls are also being produced on farms in Sumbawa.
Speaking during the launch of the "Visit Lombok
and Sumbawa 2012" tourism campaign in Jakarta, Majdi
said that the pearl industry in the province's two main islands - Lombok and Sumbawa - had been rapidly growing since the 1990s.
"The quality and the characteristics of the waters in Lombok
and Sumbawa are suitable for pearl farming," the Governor said, adding that the pearls were now exported to several countries, including Spain and Japan - two other key pearl producing centres.
"Pearls have become the new icon of our province and we want to bring this up to an international level," Majdi
"The pearl industry in our province covers both upstream and downstream aspects, from culturing to finished products such as bracelets, rings and necklaces," he
Pearl farming in Lombok
and Sumbawa islands thrive in coastal areas facing the Flores Sea, and the industry has grown so much that pearls are now one of the top souvenirs sought by tourists visiting the area.
At the centre of Mataram, the capital of the province, the Karang Genteng village has become an important pearl market, according to the Governor.
On Sunday and Monday, Lombok
hosted the 5th International Ecotourism Business Forum, which was attended by sellers and buyers from 11 countries such as Korea, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, England and France.
"This is the first step to promoting our icon to the world," Majdi