Drought Wet, National Coffee Production Down Sleman

Sleman – Production of coffee in the center of a coffee plantation slopes of Mount Merapi, Sleman, Yogyakarta in 2016 is expected to decline due to the effects of weather anomalies in the form of wet dry.
Seksie Head of Production Development Division of Forestry and Agriculture, Plantation and Forestry (EPF) Siti Rochayah Sleman in Sleman, on Monday (8/8), said production of dried coffee beans currently only about five quintals per hectare.
When the weather is normal, the slopes of Mount Merapi coffee production could reach six quintals per hectare. The dry season tends to wet with rain occurs relatively often hamper the drying process, he said.
According to him, the current coffee hectarage in the slopes of Merapi area of ​​119 hectares with a production potential of 650 quintals of coffee beans.
Coffee plantations in Sleman numerous in the slopes of Mount Merapi, in the dominance of Cangkringan and Turi, he said.
He said the vast coffee plantations on the slopes of Merapi, decreased dramatically when compared before the eruption of Mount Merapi in 2010, where a coffee plantation hectarage Merapi reached 283.87 hectares.
When the eruption of Mount Merapi covering an area of ​​214 hectares of coffee plantations damaged, then in 2012 is to replanting, he said.
Siti said, of a total of 252 hectares of coffee active in Sleman manifold robusta coffee planted about 232 hectares and 52 hectares of arabica.
Not all the plants in the productive phase, the majority still can not be picked, he said.
Chairman of Koperasi Usaha Bersama (KUB) Coffee Merapi Sumijo said, the process of drying the coffee beans on a normal dry weather is on average it only takes one week. This year, the process of drying the coffee beans can last two to three weeks.
New farmers could sell the dried coffee beans in mid or late August, he said.
According to him, the current robusta coffee beans in 100 hectares of land in the area of ​​Cangkringan freshly harvested. Hope coffee farmers, Merapi Slope region will have a special drying roofed land.
Thus, when the rain came, farmers do not have to bother with transporting the beans being dried and then repeat the drying from the beginning, he said.

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