During 2012 Honduras exported 303,206 bags of organic coffee, making it the highest global exporter of this type of grain.
Figures from the Statistics Committee at the International Coffee Organization (ICO), reveal that the sale of these 303,206 60-kg bags, was 26,701 more bags than reported in 2011, when there were 276,505 bags.
Compared to the previous harvest, in the 2014/15 crop sales to US grew by 120% and 183% to Europe, boosted by favorable international prices.
The National Coffee Association announced that total exports of organic coffee increased by between 14% and 21% in annual terms, noting exports to new markets such as Greece, Norway, Sweden and Poland.
Growers and exporters are developing strategic plans to double their exports to the European Union.
Plans will be developed for coffee, meat, shrimp, peanut, organic cacao, honey, sesame and tobacco.
Patrick Gouka, director of the Exports and Investments Center of Nicaragua (CBI), explained that "one of the aspects they will analyze is the quality and value-added of their merchandise, as this is an important requirement of the European market".
ETEA foundation will train growers in coffee certification and traceability techniques.
Vicente Gonzalez, director of the foundation, remarked that if the proposal is approved, the training programs will be focused on organic production.
“These programs will help small growers in exporting to the European market… No investment figures have been made available yet, but it is known that the Spanish entity will open an office in the country”, reported Prensa.com.
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