Nicaragua to Plant Robusta Coffee

The Coffee Exporters association (Excan) is backing the planting of this grain, arguing that there is a "real opportunity" to diversify crops.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Cony Pérez, the Association's general manager, added that robusta coffee production satisfies medium-term internal demand as well possibly being exported internationally in the long term.

Pérez added that, "if Nicaragua can capture 2% or 3% of the world's robusta market would equate to the sale of two million hundredweight and generate $140 million worth of foreign exchange".

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Robusta Planted in Nicaraguan Lowlands

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The government will promote the development of coffee in the South Atlantic Autonomous Region based on the robusta variety.

Bayardo Arce, economic affairs adviser to the President, explained that the promotion of the cultivation of this variety of coffee is a consensus decision and will be included within the National Program for Transformation and Development of Coffee Plantations (PNTDC).

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It has been noted that lack of a national policy for development of the sector in the long term has prevented more than 2 million hundredweight from being produced on average every year since 2000.

Production has stagnated, with figures close to two million hundredweight for the past three years, surpassed by Guatemala and Honduras, with production levels 4 and 6 million respectively.

Nicaragua Designates Robusta Coffee Growing Areas

September 2013

The variety can only be planted in some areas of the South Atlantic Autonomous Region and the North Atlantic Autonomous Region.

This is what has been established by a ministerial agreement published by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (Magfor). "In protected areas such as Bosawás, Cola Blanca, Cerro Bolivia, Cerro Banacruz, Wawashang and Rio Indio Maiz, among others, it is not permitted to sow or sell that variety, and in the North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN) the Waslala area is also excluded" reported

Strong Backing of Robusta Coffee in Nicaragua

October 2013

About 20 thousand acres are to be planted with the grain in the next few years, in order to produce up to one million quintals of coffee.

This was stated by the President of MerconCoffee Group, José Antonio Baltodano. "In the Atlantic Coast there should now be planted 2,500 hectares of robusta, whose production potential within three years could be about 100 million quintals, which would mostly be for export as local consumption is mostly of instant coffee and is small," he explained.

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