Poor weather conditions may see Indonesia’s crop dip by 8.3%, to around 550,000 tons against last year’s 600,000 tons, according to Indonesian Coffee Exporters Association (AEKI) secretary-general Rachim Kartabrata
“Extreme weather and extensive rainfall would make coffee beans fall or decay,” he said, quoted by Bloomberg.
Kartabrata also said that coffee bean theft was another factor affecting crop results.
Agriculture Ministry statistics for coffee production in 2010 indicate a lower total crop size than AEKI’s (479,000 tons against initial projections of 698,000 tons).
Export volumes are predicted to decrease by both parties and by the USDA foreign agriculture service, which sees production of 480,000 tons and a drop in exports of about 17%.
However, the export deficit would be offset by an anticipated rise in coffee prices as world supply in general is expected to be lower due in part to a smaller Brazilian harvest.
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