Bandarlampung (ANTARA News) - Lampung province`s robusta coffee seed exports in the January - Febriary 2007 period dropped to 14,326 tons from 36,374 tons in a corresponding period in the previous year, head of Lampung Industry and Trade Office, Suparmo said here on Thursday.
He said during the period, the value of Lampung`s robusta coffee seed exports also declined to US$19.8 million from US$35.2 million in the same period of the previous year.
"This means that the export volume decreased 60.61 percent and the export value dropped 43.61 percent," he said.
He said that the drop in Lampung`s coffee seed exports was due to the fact that harvest time had not yet come during that period.
The harvest season will take place in July and August, 2007, he added.
Chief of the agriculture and forestry affairs section of the trade and industry office, Bambang Supartono, said meanwhile that coffee trees at coffee plantation centers in Lampung such as in the districts of Tanggamus, North Lampung and West Lampung, were bearing good fruits.
"Based on our observation, Lampung coffee farmers will have a good time this year with abundant and good coffee products," Bambang said.
During the coffee grand harvest in Lampung last year, the price of coffee in the production centers ranged at between Rp6,500 and Rp10,000 per kg, he said.
Late this month, the coffee price is recorded at Rp12,000 per kg after it reached Rp15,000 per kg in the previous weeks.