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Government to develop coffee farming cooperatives, launch pilot project this year

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Jakarta   /   Tue, February 4, 2020   /  04:40 pm
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Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Teten Masduki ('right') and non-governmental organization Sustainable Coffee Platform of Indonesia (SCOPI) chairman Irvan Helmi ('left') talk to the press after a public discussion in Jakarta on Jan. 30.(JP/Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman)

The Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry is set to develop cooperatives for small scale coffee farmers in a bid to improve their productivity. Each of the cooperatives, located in 17 provinces, will combine individual farmers’ holdings to form at least 100 hectares (ha) of managed land. The government will begin the pilot project this year in partnership with non-governmental organization Sustainable Coffee Platform of Indonesia (SCOPI). The two entities are still in talks to develop a plan and to find a location for the program to be launched. "Our problem stems from the limited land owned by individual farmers, which makes it difficult for them to improve their production," said Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Teten Masduki during a public discussion in Jakarta on Jan. 30. Read also: Coffee aficionados turn to sp...