Jayapura, 7/4 (Jubi) – Arabica coffee produced by the coffee farmers in Wamena has gained attention from the coffee lovers in the United States.
About 18 tons of dried coffee beans has been exported to the United States within a year, said Jimmy Yap, the Head Section of Business and Investment of Plantation Department of Papua in the exhibition booth at Sasana Krida – Papua Governor Office on Monday (7/4).
“The world largest coffee shop Starbucks where headquartered in the U.S. is the buyer of Arabica coffee from Wamena. Moreover, Wamena is part of the Asia’s big five of organic coffee producers,” Jimmy Yap said.
But unfortunately, further he said, the total coffee productions have not yet fulfilled the market export demand from the U.S. due to limited of plantation areas.
The Head of Plantation Department of Province Papua, Jhon Nahumuri admitted the production of Arabica coffee beans produced by the local farmers was still limited. Therefore his office will coordinate with the local government of the center highland regions to encourage coffee as a priority cultivated plan.
“Actually the allocated plantation areas for coffee plantations in Papua is 1.3 million hectares, but in the meantime it only used 21 thousand hectares in Wamena. If we can optimize using the areas to cultivate the Arabica coffee, we definitely can response the huge market demand,” he said. (Albert/Jubi/rom)