Coffee, cocoa and rubber production to see a rise in Indonesia this year

coffee-stirling-noyes-flickrIndonesia is world’s third-biggest grower of coffee’s robusta variety. (Image source: Stirling Noyes/Flickr)Indonesia is expected to produce 711,000 metric tonnes of coffee beans in 2014, an Agriculture Ministry official said, up 2.9 per cent from the 691,000 tonnes produced in 2013

According to Reuters, the cocoa bean production in the country is also expected to climb to 817,000 tonnes this year, up 14.7 per cent from the 712,000 tonnes produced in 2013, Azwar Abubakar, overseeing production of coffee and cocoa at the Ministry, said.

Natural rubber output is seen increasing this year to 3.2mn tonnes, up slightly from 3.1mn tonnes produced in 2013, according to Herdrajat Natawijaya, director of perennial crops at the Ministry.

However, Indonesia’s white sugar output is expected reach 2.5mn tonnes this year, below the previous government estimate of 2.9mn tonnes because of effects from the El Niño weather phenomenon.

Gamal Natsir, director general of plantation crops, added, “There is still wet weather up to now, while sugarcane actually needs dry weather ahead of the harvest season. Because of the wet weather the sugar content of sugarcane stems has dropped.”

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