BANDUNG- West Java people's need for coffee consumption reaches 90 thousand tons every year. This pattern of coffee consumption is not balanced with the amount of coffee production in West Java.
Head of Plantation Office (Kadisbun) West Java Province, Arief Santosa explained to anticipate the condition, it will expand coffee planting land.
This is in accordance with the program of West Java Governor, Ahmad Heryawan by providing seeds of coffee seeds that can expand the planting by planting 5.4 million trees for 4 years and this year is planned to plant 5 million seeds initiated by the governor to be distributed until the end of 2017.
"Consumption of coffee per capita of 1.2 kg per year with a population of around 45 million West Java means our needs to reach 90 thousand tons more while our production capacity of 50 thousand tons per year," he told reporters in Bandung on Monday (9/10 / 2017).
Arief said that the planting of a thousand trees means able to increase the planting area of about 5 thousand hectares of coffee so that the balance between the needs and the ability of production can be sufficient.
"Alhamdulillah, Mr. Kadivre Perhutani Jabar Banten has opened up, please expand the coffee planting," said Arief.
Despite the shortcomings, however, West Java is able to export coffee to a number of countries. Coffee exported from West Java is a special tea with the amount of about 200 tons.
"Even if there is a coffee export from West Java that is a special tea, one farmer can produce 200 tons, one farmer in Pangalengan is able to export about 150 tons," he said.
West Java coffee export destination to Australia reached 36 tons or equivalent to two containers in 1 month to be distributed in Sydney and Melbourne. In addition Japan, the United States, and the Middle East.
"This means that the demand for coffee from abroad is too high while the production is still minimal because West Java newly rose during the last 5 years so that we need longer to boost for expansion of planting," he concluded. (MAT)