National Cocoa Production Need Not Inadequate

jaysonhyd   June 30, 2016  

Executive Director of the Indonesian Cocoa Industry Association (AIKI) Sindra Wijaya asked the government to increase national cocoa production. Sindra said the increased capacity cocoa processing industry and stagnant production, Indonesia will become the importer of cocoa in 2015.
“Since the cocoa tax was implemented in 2010, within two years of the industry’s capacity has been increased by more than 100 per cent. Our forecast industry capacity in 2015 was around 600,000 tons, while production below 500,000 tonnes,” said Sindra.
That is, in 2015 Indonesia must turn from exporter to importer, “said Sindra when met after the Public Hearing on the Draft Regulation of the Minister of Agriculture and Marketing Quality Requirements for Cocoa Beans in the Ministry of Agriculture, Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
Sindra said the productivity of cocoa in Indonesia amounted to 300 kilograms per hectare is comparatively low. Sindra said ideally cocoa productivity can reach 2 tons per hectare per year.
Sindra assess produsi Movement and Quality Improvement National Cocoa conducted since 2009 has managed to boost cocoa production. Therefore expect the government to continue the program Sindra intensification, rehabilitation and replanting of cocoa is scheduled to expire in 2013.
“Cocoa Gernas automatically be continued the next few years, because it meets the needs of the industry and help meningkatkatkan welfare of farmers. Automatically ditingkatan If productivity increases the welfare of farmers,” said Sindra.
In addition to increasing productivity, Sindra said it is also necessary to improve the quality of cocoa beans through fermentation. Moreover, this is still very difficult to get the fermentation of cocoa beans in the country. “Maybe only 5 percent of the total Indonesian fermented cocoa production, approximately 25,000 tons per year. IBHS most already have export contracts with buyers from Europe,” said Sindra.
Director of Quality and Standards Ministry of Agriculture Gardjita Budi said ideally the difference between the price of cocoa fermentation with unfermented Rp 3,000 per kilogram. With this price difference according to new growers eager to do the fermentation.
“Our survey, the difference is minimal Rp 2,800 or Rp 3,000 per kilogram. If Rp 1,000 per kilogram, farmers are not the spirit, while if Rp 2,000 so normal,” said Gardjita when met at the same place.
Gardjita said by Minister of Agriculture and Marketing Quality Requirements Cocoa Beans, encouraged farmers are expected to do the fermentation. Under this rule, follow the cocoa bean quality requirements of National Standards applied Indonesia.Kalau in 3-4 years could reach 50 percent is good. Perhaps in 10 years time can be close to 100 percent, “said Gardjita.