Concern in Costa Rica's Coffee Sector

Low production and the rising international price of the bean concern the Toasters Chamber.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

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.



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