Indonesia is the largest exporter of coconut sugar. Indonesia's coconut sugar exports are increasing, in 2012 14,095 tons with a value of USD18,402 million while in 2018 35,578 tons with a value of USD 52.521 million. The export destinations are the United States 68%, the Netherlands 7%, South Korea 5%, Malaysia 4%, Australia 3%, Singapore 3% and other countries 11%.

One of the main sugar centers in Indonesia for both export and domestic markets is Banyumas Regency, Central Java. According to Widarso, Head of the Department of Agriculture and Food Security in Banyumas Regency, the area of ​​coconut palms is 5,111.49 ha, with 638,936 coconut trees. The number of penderes is 27,832 people, spread over 23 sub-districts, an average of 22 trees/person/day. Sugar production capacity is 154.8 tons/day, 2019 production is 54,985.38 tons (75% molded sugar, 25% crystalline/organic ant sugar). Domestically, the main absorbers of brown sugar are soy sauce factories.

To produce 1 kg of coconut sugar required sap from 3-4 trees / day. The production of sap per tree is 1.5-2 liters/day. In the future, to support this industry, the Banyumas Regency Government is rejuvenating old coconuts with mature coconuts with short trunks and not getting tall quickly to reduce the risk of accidents falling from trees; quickly tapped/dideres (3-4 years can be extracted); the leaf midrib is not easily broken and the production of sap and high sugar content (minimum 3-4 liters/tree/day).
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The Banyumas Regency Government encourages the production of organic crystal coconut sugar. The advantage is that the price is higher, which is Rp. 3000-5000/kg compared to ordinary sugar, and the export market share is also very open. Currently there are 21 companies in Banyumas that manage organic coconut sugar.

Coconut raw material for this sugar must come from a garden that has been certified organic. Currently, the area of ​​organic certified coconut land in Banyumas is 1,136.65 ha, while the number of organic farmers/penderes is 6,986 people or 25% of the total farmers/penderes in Banyumas.

Naloanro Simanjuntak, President Director of PT MIO, said that his party fosters farmers to produce organic products. For coconut sugar in Kebumen 113 people, Purbalingga 103 people, Purworejo, Kulonprogo and Magelang. Organic coconut sugar in the export market costs Rp. 50,000-70,000/500 gr, while non-organic is Rp. 25,000-50,000/500 gr.

Coconut farmers are more profitable to process sap into sugar. If the business is coconut fruit, the income is Rp. 50,000/day while coconut sugar is Rp. 306,000/day. PT MIO's export destinations are China, Japan, Australia, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, the United States, Brazil and Chile.

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