The recovery will be influenced by the crop's biannual seeding, which produces alternating high and low production years, said José Bárcenas, president of the Special Coffee Association of Nicaragua (ACEN).
Bárcenas confirmed Nicaraguan newspaper La Prensa that "...they are currently in the disease prevention stage. Application of fungicides and herbicides is still pending in coffee plantations...".
The National Coffee Commission foresees a decline of $100 million in export values for the 2008 - 2009 cycle.
Walter Navas, Director of Conacafé informed Elperiodico.com.ni: "It is estimated that 1.3 million quintals of coffee will exported this year, while the previous harvest allowed the foreign sale of 2 million quintals.
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.
At an average price of $ 188.71 per quintal, farmers have placed 84% of export crop for the year 2010-2011.
According to the Salvadoran Coffee Council (CSC), 1.65 million quintals have already been sold.
"In the market, the price per quintal has been quoted around $ 250 in recent weeks, however, part of current crop was negotiated when the quintal was about $ 150 in late 2009," informed the article in Laprensagrafica.com.
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