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Jakarta Post

Cocoa, coffee industry cries out for EU pact to sweeten trade

  • Made Anthony Iswara
    Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 20, 2019   /  12:19 pm
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Coffee farmer Sular checks on his plants in Sumber village in Bulukerto, Wonogiri, Central Java.(JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

Wherever you are in the world, there is a good chance the coffee you sip or chocolate you savor is made from Indonesia’s homegrown beans, as the country ranks fourth in cocoa production and coffee exports. In fact, the EU could soon open its doors for more Indonesian coffee, cocoa and other commodities traded under the Indonesia-European Union Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IEU-CEPA). A 2011 EU-Indonesia partnership calculated that the agreement could add US$2 billion to the Indonesian exports. But even as Indonesia is poised to get a firmer grip on global coffee and cocoa markets with the pact, industry players and experts are still wincing at current trade conditions, hoping that the stale IEU-CEPA discussions since 2009 will soon conclude to salvage the sector. According to the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO), Indonesia’s cacao bean prod...