Tue, 03 Aug 2010

Bandarlampung (ANTARA News) - Lampung province`s seaweed exports over the past six months were recorded at US$6,225 only with a volume of 34.86 tons.

"The seaweed exports declined both in term of values or volumes respectively by 94.12 percent and 59.03 percent," head of the local trade and industry service Agus Salim said here on Sunday.

He said that Lampung`s seaweed exports were recorded at US$105,820 in the first semester of 2009 with a volume of 85.08 tons.

Agus said that actually Lampung had the a potential to produce a large volumes of seaweeds but its market was in most cases still limited to the local markets.

Besides seaweeds, Lampung`s exports of coffee also declined, particularly robusta coffee bean.

Its robusta coffee bean exports in the first half of 2010 fell 31.61 percent by volume to 56,355 tons and 38.60 percent by value to US$71.562 million from the same period last year.
In the January-June 2009 period, the province`s robusta coffee bean exports reached 82,407 tons valued at US$116.543 million, Head of the Lampung Provincial Cooperatives, Small and Medium Business, Industry and Trade Office Suparmo said on Monday.

In June 2010 alone, the province exported 21,282 tons of robusta coffee bean worth US$26.824 million, he said.

He said robusta coffee bean is one of the province`s key export commodities with its market covering Asia, Europe, Africa and the United States.

Lampung is known as Indonesia`s main coffee producer and gateway for the country`s coffee exports.

Robusta coffee is grown on 135,477 hectares of land in Lampung.