Confusing cocoa production data

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 09:05

The country’s cocoa processing industry players may face difficulties in designing proper business plans amid confusing production data of the beans used in the production chocolate products in the country.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the country’s cocoa production in 2001 reached around 712,000 tons from about 1.67 million acreage. The ministry estimates output this year to increase by 11 percent to 800,000 tons.

The Indonesian Cocoa Association (Askindo), meanwhile, said that cocoa output last year was only about 430,000 tons.  Production this year is projected to rise by 16.3 percent to 500,000 tons, said Askindo Executive Secretary Firman Bakri, adding that export would slowdown to 100,000 tons, compared to 200,000 tons last year.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian Cocoa Farmers Association (APKAI) predicted that output this year will surge to more than 1 million tons.

Director General of Plantations at the Ministry of Agriculture Gamal Nasir was quoted by Kontan as saying that his office would meet with the associations to “clarify” the data.

He said that production this year may drop due to disease attack and lower productivity of aging cocoa trees. (rei)

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