Priority Sectors

Priority Sectors

Priority Sectors in Aceh:

1. Energy

2. Infrastructure

3. Agroindustry

4. Tourism

5. Special Economic Zone


The agro-industrial sector in Aceh offers several excellent commodities including coffee, cocoa, palm oil and patchouli. These four agro-industry sectors have a strong foundation for development. Coffee, patchouli, cocoa, coconut and palm oil are Aceh's main commodities.


Indonesia is the fourth largest coffee producer after Brazil, Vietnam and Colombia and is known as the home of the world's best coffee.

The total area of coffee plantations in Indonesia is approximately 1,240,000 Ha, consisting of 933,000 Ha of Robusta Coffee and 307,000 Ha of Arabica Coffee.

The area of coffee plantations in Indonesia is around 1,240,000 Ha, consisting of 933,000 Ha of Robusta Coffee and 307,000 Ha of Arabica Coffee.

High quality Arabica coffee is mainly produced in Aceh and North Sumatra, while Robusta coffee is mainly produced in Lampung, Bengkulu and South Sulawesi. The high level of coffee consumption in the world is certainly a big opportunity to develop the coffee processing industry in Indonesia.


According to a study, Acehnese patchouli oil contains 30-34% patchouli alcohol with a yield of 3%, which makes it the best patchouli in the world. The main areas for patchouli production are South Aceh, West Aceh, Gayo Lues, Aceh Jaya and Aceh Besar Regensi. These areas are suitable for the development of the patchouli processing industry. Patchouli is one of the largest and most important export commodities in Indonesia. This valuable essential oil is distilled from the dried leaves. This oil is widely used in various industries, especially perfume, aromatherapy, cosmetics, medicine, toiletries, etc. An industry where demand continues to increase.

Cocoa (Chocolate)

Aceh is one of the main cocoa producing areas in Indonesia with plantations spread across almost all regions in Aceh, starting from Pidie in the eastern part of Aceh to Simeulue Island on the outer side of Aceh province.

The strategy development is to create a sustainable downstream cocoa industry. The upstream industry will focus on increasing added value in the downstream sector. Southeast Aceh, Pidie Jaya, East Aceh, Pidie and North Aceh are suitable areas for cocoa production and the development of the chocolate processing industry.

Cocoa is one of the leading commodities which has an important role in economic development in Pidie Jaya Regency. Market opportunities that are still open and the availability of large areas of land are potential that must be considered in efforts to develop cocoa. The high consumption of chocolate both domestically and abroad, such as in the European Union, especially for processed cocoa which has a higher value than cocoa beans, could be an opportunity for the cocoa market in Pidie Jaya Regency.

Interestingly, the price of cocoa bean products marketed online is quite tempting. Of course, this market is interesting to target and this allows farmers to sell their products directly to consumers with several conditions. These cocoa beans come from gardens that already have organic certification.

Palm oil

Aceh has 240,365 hectares of palm oil plantations managed by the community with production of 410,415 tonnes in 2019.

Palm oil is the largest plantation crop in ACEH based on volume, area and economic value. The palm oil industry has significant growth potential as a major source of supply for food products and biofuels. With increasing production, Aceh is encouraging the construction of CPO factories and its derivative products.

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