Indonesian cacao exporters facing problem with quality

Medan, North Sumatra (Antara News) - National cacao exporters are still facing problem with finding good quality cacao at home amidst increasing demand for good quality cacao in the world market, a cacao exporter said here on Monday.

Chandra Widjaja, cacao exporter in North Sumatra, said the price of cacao in the world market was now on the rise.

This year, cacao price has been stable at US$1,410 per ton while the price in the local market is now at Rp10,500 per kg.

"If the quality of cacao at home is good, the demand for Indonesia cacao will increase and will boost price," said Chandra Widjaja who is also an executive of PT Agrikom Indonesia.

He said that he based his assumption on the increasing demand for Indonesian cacao, though its quality was yet to meet the international standard.

As a result of the fact that Indonesian cacao was yet to meet the international market standard, importers were imposing discounts.

Compared with that of other countries, the discount imposed on Indonesia cacao was higher. This month, the discount imposed on Indonesian cacao stood at US$200 per ton.

T. Azwar Aziz, head of North Sumatra Trade and Industry office, has tried to improve the quality of North Sumatra`s cacao production.

"North Sumatra has the interest to improve its cocoa production because cacao is one of promising export commodities, after coffee, rubber and oil palm," he said. (*)
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