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Falling production leaves bitter aftertaste in RI's cocoa industry

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 9 2019   /  02:14 am
In hot water: A farmer sun-dries cacao beans in Sambik Bangkol village in North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. Indonesia’s cocoa industry is facing a difficult situation as the supply of cacao beans plunges amid strong domestic and foreign demand. (Antara/Ahmad Subaidi)(Antara/Ahmad Subaidi)

In hot water: A farmer sun-dries cacao beans in Sambik Bangkol village in North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. Indonesia’s cocoa industry is facing a difficult situation as the supply of cacao beans plunges amid strong domestic and foreign demand. (Antara/Ahmad Subaidi)Cacao bean output declines rapidly in last five yearsBars 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-proce...