13 January 1999
Weather hits Indonesian coffee, cocoa

HEAVY rains have struck a further blow to Indonesias cocoa and coffee production, already suffering from the El Niño weather phenomenon.

The weather has either disrupted the transport of the crop or damaged the harvest, in both commodities.

Indonesias cocoa and coffee production has been hit by drought in previous years.

But prices of cocoa and coffee, which are denominated in dollars, have been boosted by the countrys economic crisis and collapse of the rupiah.

  • Financial Times 13/01/99 page 34