Production of Bondowoso Coffee has declined sharply

The rain caused the production of coffee farmers in Bondowoso, East Java, this year to decline. The decrease is significant, reaching 40 to 60 percent per hectare due to the dry season. Production of Bondowoso Coffee has declined sharply
Production of Bondowoso Coffee has declined sharply

"If the production of coffee last year could reach 500 to 600 kilograms per hectare up to 200 to 300 kilograms per hectare," said Chairman of Cooperative Rejo Tani Sukosari Regency, Bondowoso Regency, Suyitno in Bondowoso, Saturday (15/7).

Described, the production of arabica coffee and other types of coffee owned by farmers who are on the slopes of Mount Ijen and Mount Raung it, decline due to the coffee plant begins to bloom so that coffee flowers stalled. Arabica coffee has become a mainstay of Bondowoso for export to several European countries and America.

The decline did not occur in robusta coffee. This type of coffee is actually more resistant to rain and the production of steam coffee plants will decrease in the dry season.

"The decline in coffee production is the most influential due to continuous rainfall from September 2016 to January-February 2017 which causes coffee plants to bloom and certainly very influential in reducing coffee," he said, as quoted by Antara.

Suyitno said that since 2014 Bondowoso coffee farmers export about 500 tons and next year (2015) will increase to about 800 tons and in 2016 reach about 1,600 tons. Coffee area of ​​about 7000 hectares. It is divided into two, namely Arabica coffee land area of ​​2,000 hectares and Robusta coffee 5000 hectares.

"Maybe this year all coffee production will fall and Bondowoso coals are exported to several countries in Europe, including Switzerland, America and Britain and some other European countries through private exporters," he said.

Last year, Bondowoso District declared Coffee Republic as an icon of tourism campaign in its territory. Republican coffee region is in the region of Mount Ijen. At this location there are many coffee plantations. Including coffee plantations PTPN XII which is a relic of the Netherlands.

In the past, the Dutch made coffee plantations in this area by bringing Madurese when forced or cultuurstelsel and corvee '. Book of Forgotten People; Poverty, Risk and Social Security in Indonesia by Gerbeen Nooteboom published by Leiden University in 2014, it is said that many Madurese were forcibly transferred by the Dutch to other Javanese areas; Krajan, Lumajang, Bondowoso, as quiners, coffee, tea, and others.

According to the Indonesian Coffee Farmers Association, Bondowoso Coffee is well known in the world coffee market.

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