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23 February 2021 (closed)
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Due to the prolonged dry season impacting on harvests, coffee production in Indonesia as well as coffee exports from the world’s third-largest coffee grower continued to decline. Based on the latest data from the International Coffee Organization (ICO), Indonesia’s coffee output plunged 23 percent to 540 million kilograms in the period April 2014 to March 2015 compared to the same period in the previous year, while Indonesia’s coffee exports declined to 336 million kilograms from 612 million kilograms over the same period.
Sumita, Chairman of the Lampung (South Sumatra) branch of the Association of Indonesian Coffee Exporters and Industries (AEKI), responded saying that Indonesia’s lower coffee production and export in the April 2014 - March 2015 period are a normal phenomenon as the harvest time began in May and lasts until October. In the couple of months before May, exporters have been exporting part of their coffee stockpiles. Sumita expects to see Indonesian coffee exports and production surge in the next six months.
Fresh beans from current coffee harvests in Indonesia are being absorbed mostly by the domestic market. London-based ICO expects Indonesia’s harvest to increase in the April 2015 - March 2016 period from the same period despite the threat of the El Nino cycle. Earlier this month we reported that it is increasingly being believed that the El Nino weather phenomenon will hit Indonesia in the next couple of months and various reports surfaced that unusual dry weather has already impacted negatively on harvests of agricultural commodities in parts of Southeast Asia.
The AEKI estimates that Indonesian coffee output will reach 600,000 to 650,000 tons in the 2015 season, lower than the institution’s earlier forecast of 650,000-700,000 tons and below production realization last year of 711,513 tons. Other analysts or industry groups expect that the El Nino phenomenon will reduce AEKI’s forecast by about 50,000 tons.
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