"Our coffee production has been stagnant. It only reached 500 thousand tons last year, just one percent increase," he told a meeting convened to develop national coffee here on Saturday.
Indonesia produces an average of 600 thousand to 700 thousand tons of coffee per year compared to Vietnam, whose coffee output reaches more than 2 million tons, he said.
As a matter of fact, Vietnam once learned coffee farming from Indonesia, he said.
He said Lampung province is the countrys largest robusta coffee producer with an annual production of 100 thousand tons per year.
Also present at the meeting were Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman, Lampung Governor M Ridho Ficardo, and a number of officials.
(Reported by Agus Wira Sukarta/INE/S012/KR-BSR/A014)