The anticipated decline in domestic bean harvest for 2010-2011 due to damage caused by rains, extends the downward trend in production which the country has followed over the last decade. This situation, coupled with the increase in international prices, concern industrial producers, who have announced that this will directly affect the price of the product for domestic consumers.
Jose Manuel Hernando, president of the Chamber Coffee Roasters, said today that the current harvest is insufficient for export and domestic consumption, triggering the need to import beans, which pay a fee to enter the country and this will reflect in consumer prices.
Harvest is expected this year to hardly reach 2 million bushels, of which 60% is already committed to exports.
"While high international prices are good news for domestic producers, making us happy, we owe it to consumers to try an alternative supply and continue to insist also on the need to develop strategies to increase local production and improve the offer," he said Hernando.
"We have insisted with government authorities, including the Ministry of Economy and Commerce and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, on the need to address key issues for the future of national coffee and to comply fully with demand, which goes beyond renewal of coffee plantations as we have stated so many times," said Hernando.
On other occasions, the Chamber of Coffee Roasters has explained that climate, the aging plantations, urban areas and increased coffee production costs, have combined to seriously affect crops and that there is no sign the situation is improving.
The agro-food chain of coffee needs complete renovation, with a vision focused on value added, productivity and competitiveness from the producer all the way to the industrial sector.
The Chamber of Coffee Roasters, representing the national roasting industry, is concerned about further price increases to final consumers due to shortage in local supply of coffee and the high price of the bean.
Costa Rican roasters have proposed modernizing the agribusiness, adding value by exporting coffee as a finished product to final consumers abroad.
A statement by the Chamber Coffee Roasters reads:
December 2011. The Costa Rican coffee roasting industry said that in 2011 the industry experienced a period of change which has led them to conclude that there is a need to rethink the national coffee strategy, and the legislation and institutions that represent it.