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Coffee producers seek help as virus saps demand

  • Yunindita Prasidya

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 29 2020   /  01:00 am
Coffee farmers in Dogiyai regency, Papua, face various challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Belift Dogiyai Coffee Project/File)

Indonesia’s coffee producers and farmers are calling for support, including financing and product absorption, to weather the pandemic’s dire effects on upstream coffee demand. Rahmah of Ketiara Cooperatives in Central Aceh said on Wednesday that some 400 tons of coffee were being held under a warehouse receipt, 150 tons of which had yet to be sold. A warehouse receipt is a financing system that allows smallholders to deposit their harvest in a warehouse as collateral for a loan, in exchange for a receipt. “Farmers are already struggling. They want to sell but the offered price is low,” Rahmah said during a webinar hosted by the Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Ministry. “Exporters are also experiencing difficulty. They want to export, but there are no buyers.” Hendarman, a member of the Bengkulu chapter of the Indone...