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Jakarta Post

Sweet tooth businessman gives S. Sulawesi cacao farmers hope

  • Syafrizaldi


Makassar, South Sulawesi   /   Thu, March 21 2019   /  03:22 am

Warms you up: Hot chocolate with palm sugar is served at the Kampoeng Cokelat Chalodo cafe in Masamba, a small town by a river in North Luwu, South Sulawesi.Cacao farmer-turned-businessman Baharuddin Iskandar has found a way to address sluggish demand for homegrown cacao in North Luwu, South Sulawesi.As cacao plantations play a significant role in the local economy, the farmers of North Luwu are worried about the weakening price of dried cacao beans. A seasoned cacao farmer, Baharuddin, who is better known as Haji Rudi, is giving fellow farmers hope by offering them a higher price for their cacao beans and turning them into delectable treats.Rudi was all smiles as he savored a cup of chocolate with his wife Erna and their eldest child Ani at his cafe, Kampoeng Cokelat Chalodo, in Masamba, a small town by a river in North Luwu.“Ani was born when we were growing cacao trees in Salul...