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Jakarta Post

Falling production leaves bitter aftertaste in Indonesia’s cocoa industry

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 9, 2019   /  08:32 am
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Farmers tend to cacao plants at a plantation in Salulemo, North Luwu, South Sulawesi.(-/Syafrizaldi)

Bars of flavorful chocolate displayed on shelves at supermarkets across the country cannot sugar-coat the bitter fact that Indonesia’s cocoa industry is in dire straits. Several factories have been forced to close due to their failure to cater to soaring demand for chocolate, believed to have various favorable effects on the human body, from improving one’s mood to preventing heart disease, amid a lack of cacao beans. The head of the beverages, tobacco and refreshments subdirectorate at the Industry Ministry, Mogadishu Djati Ertanto, revealed that nine of 20 cacao-processing factories had stopped production since last year. The remaining 11 factories were running below 59 percent of their capacity to process around 463.060 tons of cacao beans this year. “We need to import cacao beans, because many factories have stopped operations due to a lack of supply,&rdquo...