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Bad weather may further slash coffee production

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 10 2011   /  11:01 am

Indonesia’s coffee exporters estimate that coffee production would decrease by 8.3 percent to about 550,000 tons this year, down from about 600,000 tons in 2010, due to unfavorable weather conditions.

Indonesian Coffee Exporters Association (AEKI) secretary-general Rachim Kartabrata said Sunday that this year’s production would decline because of extreme weather and excessive rainfall.

“Extreme weather and extensive rainfall would make coffee beans fall or decay,” he said, adding that another threat to overall harvests came from coffee bean poachers.

Agriculture Ministry data differed from the AEKI appraisal, and recorded that Indonesia’s coffee production reached 479,000 tons in 2010, far lower than earlier 698,000-ton target.

The US Department of Agriculture foreign agricultural service has estimated that Indonesia’s coffee production would f...