Amadeusz Juskowiak

Indonesian tea cocoa exports seen up coffee down

Indonesias exports of tea and cocoa will continue to rise in calendar 1987 but coffee exports are forecast to dip slightly in 198788 AprilMarch as the government tries to improve quality the US Embassy said

The embassys annual report on Indonesian agriculture forecast coffee output in 198687 would be 577 mln bags of 60 kilograms each That is slightly less than the 58 mln bags produced in 198586

In 198788 coffee production is forecast to rise again to 58 mln bags but exports to dip to 48 mln from around 50 mln in 198687 Exports in 198586 were 467 mln bags

The embassy report says coffee stocks will rise to 13 mln tonnes in 198788 from 115 mln in 198687 It bases this on a fall in exports as a result of the probable reintroduction of quotas by the International Coffee Organisation

Cocoa production and exports are forecast to rise steadily as the government develops cocoa plantations Production of cocoa in Indonesia increased to 32378 tonnes in calendar 1985 from 10284 tonnes in 1980 It is projected by the government to rise to more than 50000 tonnes by 1988

Production in 1986 is estimated by the embassy at 35000 tonnes as against 38000 tonnes in 1987

The report forecasts cocoa exports to rise to 35000 tonnes this year from 33000 tonnes in 1986 and 31000 in 1985

The Netherlands is at present the biggest importer of Indonesian cocoa beans

The report forecasts that in calendar 1987 Indonesias CTC crushed torn and curled tea exports will increase significantly with the coming on stream of at least eight new CTC processing plants

Indonesia plans to diversify its tea products by producing more CTC tea the main component of tea bags

Production of black and green teas is forecast in the embassy report to rise to 125000 tonnes in calendar 1987 from 123000 tonnes in 1986

Exports of these teas are likely to rise to 95000 tonnes in 1987 from 85000 in 1986 and around 90000 in 1985

The embassy noted the ministry of trade tightened quality controls on tea in October 1986 in an effort to become more competititve in the world market

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