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, "... acknowledged that Costa Rica has had a declining coffee production over the last 10 years, especially due to costs of production that was not making the activity profitable, but last year the main problem and the one that had the most negative influence on plantations was bad weather," reports Reuters.
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.
Low rainfall and aging plantations are the main factors for the decline in production.
An article in Elfinancierocr.com quotes the executive director of the Coffee Institute of Costa Rica (Icafe), Ronald Peters, who said: "We come from a good harvest, we will have a smaller quantity because of climate issues which benefited areas like the Central Valley but hurt others such as area of Coto Brus.
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.
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