North Konawe Prepares 200 Hectares of Cocoa Plantation
By : Anisa Triyuli And Aldo Bella Putra | Monday, July 02 2018 - 02:00 IWST
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INDUSTRY.co.id - Kendari - North Konawe District Government prepares 200 hectares of land for investors who will invest in the cocoa plantation sector.
Vice Regent of Konawe Utara Raup in Kendari, Saturday (30/6/2018) said the party that promised cocoa investment is PT Kakao Kalla Group but requires a planting area of 200 hectares.
"Kalla Kalla Group is one of the national scale companies, even has global so it cannot be doubted if it seriously menananmkan capital in the region," he said.
Konawe Utara has sufficient land and high fertility potential to respond to Kalla Group's request or expectation to prepare 200 hectares of land.
Kalla Group needs 30 tons or more of cocoa raw material per month, so it needs expansion of production land and sustainable reserve land.
The farmers of Konawe Utara are also quite familiar with cacao crops, so it is not difficult to involve them (farmers) for the expansion of cocoa plantations.
Precisely the problem for farmers is uncertain marketing that tends to shift to the activities of agricultural commodities that are market guaranteed, such as corn commodity lately.
"If the market guarantees the farmers will be really because of their profession, farmers will not hesitate to replace other crops if the market is not promising, for example, dozens of years ago farmers finished the crops replaced by cocoa because the market guaranteed," he said.
The presence of Kakao Kalla Group opens up new opportunities for farmers as capital constraints can be overcome by utilizing the community business credit facility (KUR) through Bank BNI 46. (Ant)