The main causes for the 15% decline in the coffee harvest were climate impact and farm neglect, according to the executive director of the Coffee Institute of Costa Rica (ICAF), Ronald Peters, in an article published in Nacion.com.
However, coffee exports in 2008 were not affected by lower production because prices were higher.
Marvin Baraquero, Nacion.com journalist, wrote: "During that year the country received $328 million from the export of the grain, which is higher than the $253 million received in 2007. Moreover, the coffee harvest for the 2008-2009 period, whose collection ended just one month ago, is sold between October 2008 and September 2009, so it is still not known whether income will decrease."
The 2015-2016 harvest exceeded projections made by the sector and after three years of decline increased by 16% to 2.20 million bushels.
The coffee harvest in Costa Rica reversed the downward trend seen in the last three years and achieved growth of 16% in the latest harvest from 2015 to 2016, according to figures from Coffee Institute of Costa Rica (Icafé) published by Nacion.com.
Icafé informed that despite the delay, they still expect to export 10% more than the 2008/09 harvest.
Ronald Peters, executive director at Icafé (National Coffee Institute), informed that the coffee harvest has been delayed by lower rainfall levels, but the trees were not damaged, and that an eruption at the Turrialba volcano in central Costa Rica this week did not hurt coffee farms in the area.
In Costa Rica, the agricultural sector absorbs workers unemployed by construction.
The construction sector in Costa Rica, which faces a significant slowdown, laid off more than 17,000 workers at the end of 2008 as a product of the crisis. However, these workers were absorbed by rice, pineapple, sugar and coffee production.
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