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Ministry pins hopes on North Sumatra for coffee bean export rebound

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan, North Sumatra   /   Mon, April 8, 2019   /  12:13 pm
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A historical building called Jacobson in Palembang, South Sumatra was the site of a coffee festival on April 5.(JP/Yulia Savitri)

The Agriculture Ministry is pinning its hopes on North Sumatra for a rebound in Indonesia's Arabica coffee bean exports after the province shipped Rp 72.9 billion worth of the commodity recently. North Sumatra, known for its Mandailing, Lintong and Sidikalang coffee varieties, exported 819 tons of beans to the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Romania, Japan, Canada, Belgium, Mexico, Taiwan, China, Australia and Singapore last week. The ministry's Agriculture Quarantine Agency head Ali Jamil said that so far, a total of 40 countries had imported the commodity from North Sumatra. He said he expected North Sumatra to increase its coffee bean exports this year amid Indonesia's declining exports of the commodity in the last three years. “We hope the country's coffee bean exports will see some improvement this year, especially from North Sumatra, wh...