Coffee production in Costa Rica drops

The lack of labor, the reduction of the plantations and the high price of fertilizers are some of the causes.

Friday, September 5, 2008

At one month before the close of the 2007-2008 Harvest, Costa Rican "gold" or coffee exports were stuck at a little more than 1.37 million 60-kilo sacks, while in Guatemala sales in July were at a record 4 million sacks, according to a publication in the La Republica daily news.
In Costa Rica coffee is still one of the main agricultural export products, along with tropical fruits such as banana, pineapple and melon.

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January 2011

During current 2010-11 about 1.9 million bushels (46 kilos each) are expected to be harvested, 15% less than last season.

Industry sources said that decline in production is due to the impact of heavy rains which affected crops last year.

The chief executive of the Costa Rican Coffee Institute (Icafe), Ronald Peters, "...

Guatemala: Coffee Crop to Go Down by 6%

February 2012

Producers estimate that the 2012-2013 coffee harvest will be reduced by 6%, being about 4.5 million quintals, instead of the 4.8 million quintals previously projected.

Ricardo Villanueva, president of the National Coffee Association (Anacafe) said that predictions of a reduced harvest are based on the expected effects of climate change, such as virulent attacks of diseases in the plantations.

El Salvador Raises Coffee Forecasts

July 2009

The National Association of the Coffe Industry increased their production estimates for the 2009-2010 harvest, from 3.5 to to 3.85 million 60-kilogram sacks.

With this new forecast, production would increase 17% in comparison to the previous cycle.

"Good growth conditions are appearing at times when global demand for quality coffee is raising, as Colombia - one of the largest coffee producers of the world - is facing shortages due to adverse climate and a coffee plantation renewal program", reported newspaper La Prensa Gráfica in its website.

Guatemala: Coffee Exports Down 38%

November 2013

In October 2012 80,771 bags of coffee weighing 60 kilos were exported compared to 129,471 bags in the same month in 2012.

The data was confirmed by the National Coffee Association (Anacafé) . The current season began in October 2013 and ended in September 2014.

" ... Sales of the 2012-2013 coffee harvest totaled 3,706,622 bags of 60 kilos, a slight decrease compared to the 3,719,829 bags sold last season, despite plantations having been ravaged by the rust blight," reported review.

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