Salvadoran coffee farms will change 2009/2010 projections

The increase in minimum wages has caused the coffee sector to reestablish its goals for the current harvest.

Monday, December 8, 2008

A new increase in the minimum salary was not included in the projections for the 2009-2010 harvest, according to Salvadoran farmers. With this change, under which they will have to pay $0.78 per each 25 lbs of harvest coffee, farmers will need to change their plans, despite the fact that they pay their workers more than the minimum wage ($1 per each 25 lbs of coffee).

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El Salvador: 84% of Coffee Harvest Sold

February 2011

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

Nicaragua Changes Coffee Wages

November 2009

The new minimum wage was set at $1.04 (21.5 córdobas) for each coffee can.

Facing opposition from coffee growers, the Ministry reduced the minimum wage from $1.21 to $1.04 per can.

"Coffee growers sill reject this minimum wage, arguing that Nicaragua's economic situation does not allow them to assume this wage increase", reported

Salvadoran Coffee Industry Lacks Credit

May 2010

Growers explained that banks are not using the special credit line created specifically for them by the Government, which is channeled through the Multi-sector Investment Bank (BMI).

Coffee growers explained that they are unable to start sowing for this season because they lack credit.

Honduras 6th Biggest Coffee Producer in the World

November 2011

After overtaking Guatemala to become the main producer in Central America, Honduras is seeking to improve its position in the world rankings of coffee growers.

One feature to note about the coffee boom in Honduras is that their production is an important factor in the distribution of wealth in the population; there are about 100 000 farmers who grow on 237 thousand hectares distributed across almost every part of Honduran territory.

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