Bandung Regency Exports Coffee To South Korea

Selasa, 28 Januari 2014 | 09:56

After making trade agreement for coffee import with Morocco, Bandung regency is now building the same cooperation with South Korea under coffee volume of reaching 2,000 tons every year.

Head of Agriculture, Plantation, and Forestry Service Agency for Bandung regency Tisna Umaran said in the near future the local government will soon make an agreement on business cooperation.

“The agreement should be enthusiastically welcomed. The cooperation may increase trade welfare,” he said, Sunday (1/26).

For the coffee imported to Morocco, he said the supply was still at 18 tons of coffee which consists of 9 tons of green bean Arabica and 9 tons of green bean robusta. Currently, they have just ordered another four containers.

The local government is optimistic that the coffee demand from the two countries will be fulfilled, considering the coffee planting land area that reaches 10,230 hectare. Every year, the land area is expanding to an average of 1,000 hectare.

“Whenever the harvest season is arrived then the demand will be met. The supplies have actually been made in great numbers but the majority is obtained from outer region’s moneylenders such as Lampung, Surabaya, and others,” he said.

Despite a high demand on South Bandung’s coffee, he admitted that up to this moment the economic value taken by the farmers are still not improved. This is because there are many farmers who directly sell the coffee to the moneylenders.

The moneylenders generally buy the coffee with IDR3,000 per kg. This will be different when the coffee bean is processed into coffee rice where the price will reach IDR30,000 per kg.

“This year we will provide peeler. It is expected that the farmers will not directly sell it to the moneylenders, for it should be processed first into rice,” he said.

He said in 2014, the local government’s concentration on coffee farming tends to be more focused on the marketing. If the production is constantly boosted without the handle on the marketing then there would be over production that could cause loss to the farmers.

“In 2014, one of our focuses is seeking market opportunity. Thank God, we have built cooperation with Morocco and South Korea,” he said.

3,500 Hectare

Meanwhile, General Manager of Eco Tourism Agro Forestry and Environment Service at Perhutani of West Java Banten Lies Bahuntah said the Arabica coffee land area for Forestry Community Institution (LMDH) with Perhutani of KPH South Bandung has reached 3,500 hectare.

The production amount has currently reached 1,000 tons from 1,000 hectare of land plantation which has been producing. The production amount will continue to increase considering that the coffee area is expanding.

Perhutani of South Bandung is targeting to reach a 10,000 hectare land area for coffee with the leading support on organic coffee. The organic coffee prices are more expensive and well received by international market. (k6)

by JIBI, Renat Sofie Andriani