Coffee production target expected to decline this year: Association

Padangekspres.net-The Association of Indonesian Coffee Exporters and Industry (AEKI) is predicting around 600,000 tons of coffee to be produced this year – a 6.25% drop from 640,000 in 2010.

AEKI chair Suyanto Husein said that last year the association predicted 2011 production of 700,000, but by mid-year, the target had been revised.

“The weather forecast does not bode well and there are indications of declining production in several areas,” he said Friday, as quoted by Antara.

Suyanto added that limited intensification and re-planting activities and aging coffee trees also contributed to the dilemma.

AEKI coffee specialty and industry deputy Pranoto Soenarto said that AEKI is planning to expand land use to increase production.

“We will work together with relevant ministries to provide more land to farmers, so that in the next 10 years production can reach 900,000 to 1.2 million tons,” he said, adding that increased land use is required to produce better quality coffee beans.

“Intensifying planting with fertilizers might increase quantity, but not exactly quality. We want to increase quantity and quality by expanding land and using organic fertilizer,” he said.

Suyanto said that there are currently 1.2 hectares of coffee plantations in Indonesia, with 90 percent managed by farmers. Indonesia is the third largest coffee producer in the world after Brazil and Vietnam

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