Jakarta – The income of Central Aceh District’s residents from coffee is larger than the local government’s budget. Gayo coffee has generated roughly Rp5 trillion per year.
“Gayo coffee from people plantations has generated roughly Rp5 billion of foreign exchange income per annum,” Central Aceh Regent Nasaruddin told Tempo, Sunday, March 27, 2016.
According to him, Gayo coffee has bring fortune to the residents. The economic ability of local people has exceeded the local government’s, as Central Aceh’s District Budget (APBK) is only around Rp1.25 trillion.
The enormous foreign exchange income from coffee plantations of the people, according to Nasarudin, can be attributed to the Geographical Indication (GI) of Gayo Arabica coffee.
Based on Central Aceh District data, Gayo Arabica coffee has been exported to 17 countries across the globe, with the United States as its largest importer. “We have also see gradual increase in exports to the European Union and Asia-Pacific,” Nasaruddin said.
Central Aceh is the home to 48 thousand hectare of coffee plantations and it could be expanded further. The plantations are managed by 33 thousand heads of household. [ADI WARSIDI]