Indonesian Cocoa Contributes 13 Percent of World Production – Originally from South America, (the Aztec Indian region), cocoa was brought to Indonesia and grew well. Like coffee, Indonesian cocoa develops in taste and in its economy.

World chocolate production and consumption which tends to be stable, encourages the development of the Indonesian chocolate economy to develop throughout the world. Domestically, cocoa also promotes the diversity of snacks reflected in the growth of the types and amount of chocolate produced.

The main cultivation of chocolate is not only large-scale plantations, but also intercropping plantations by rural communities in almost all of Indonesia. Cocoa that grows well in Indonesia thanks to sunlight, rainfall and suitable humidity makes almost a variety of rural economic groups cultivate cocoa.

Indonesian cocoa at least contributed to world production by almost 13 percent. Indonesia is the number 3 cocoa producer in the world, after Ivory Coast and Ghana.

Unfortunately, so far most of the cocoa is exported in the form of dry beans so that the added value for the economy is still small. However, with the growth of large cities, as well as the variety of chocolate-based products, the need for processing dried cacao and making pasta is increasingly growing. At present, there has been an increase in attention to the processing side of cocoa, namely chocolate.

In Indonesia there are products that use not only Indonesian cocoa but also Indonesian creativity. In cities such as Bandung, Yogyakarta and Jakarta, pure chocolate products appear or with variations in the variety of flavors or used on bread are increasingly in demand.

This deserves high appreciation by seeing that cocoa and its products are very open to creation. As a result, presenting the archipelago through chocolate has become more developed and not just exporting it in the form of dry or bulk seeds.

Chocolate is also a product and souvenir that points to the peculiarities of certain cocoa regions. The chocolate craftsmen point to where chocolate comes from. Sulawesi is a place for large cocoa cultivation, followed by Sumatra, Java, Nusa Tenggara and Bali, Kalimantan, Maluku, and Papua.

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