A trade mission to Taiwan has been organized for November 13th for Guatemalan coffee exporters so that they can participate in the International Fair for Tea, Coffee and Wine 2015.
Funds from the Trade Office for Central America are being used to finance part of the costs for promotion, translation, logistical support and equipment needed for to the ´cupping´or tasting coffee companies who will take part in the mission.
More access to loans, promoting the designation of origin and improving brand positioning of Guatemalan Coffees is part of the strategy proposed by the union.
Among the measures the National Coffee Association intends to implement is the exchange of rust resistant varieties with companies such as Starbucks, with whom an agreement was signed to improve the quality of the grain.
With 30 days left until the end of the 2013/2014 harvest, sales from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Costa Rica are lower than in the previous crop by 56%, 12%, 15% and 10%, respectively.
South American producers in Colombia and Peru were the only ones who achieved positive results in sales of the current crop, with growth in the harvest in respect to 2012/2013 of 22% and 5.5%, respectively.
Up to June 2014 foreign exchange earnings from grain sales abroad were $438 million, 6.9% less than in the same month in 2013.
Data from the Central Bank of Guatemala indicates that "... between October 2013 and August 2014 sales of the aromatic totaled 2,917,911 bags of 60 kilos (132 pounds), while in the previous harvest they were 3,463,541 bags which is a difference of 545 630 bags".
Originally from Costa Rica, 45,000 liters of fungicides used to combat rust will be available from 5 to 8 April in Guatemala's agroservices.
So reported Nils Leporowski, president of the National Coffee Association (Anacafe), adding that negotiations with five companies trading fungicides took over a month. Because it had the best prices Disagro Singenta was chosen for the distribution. The other companies who participated in the consultations were Tecún, Bayer and Duwest.
The National Coffee Association wants to use the funds from the Coffee Trust in the Rural Development Bank.
The directors of the National Coffee Association (Anacafe) have requested from the Coffee Policy Council that the $30 million balance of the "Coffee Trust, Decree 31-2001" left in the Rural Development Bank (Banrural) be used in a plan to combat coffee rust, reported Prensalibre.com.
With an average price of $10.91 a pound of fine coffee, 23 producers sold their grain at the Cup of Excellence 2012 auction.
According to an article in Laprensagráfica.com, "The auction, held online, the farm El Injerto I, located in the community of La Libertad, in the department of Huehuetenango, about 360 kilometers west of Guatemala City, obtained the record price of $22.60 per pound. "
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.
During the past eleven months of this harvest, the combined exports of the group of 9 Latin American countries, not including Brazil, rose by 11.82%.
The total exports from Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Peru and the Dominican Republic, between October 2010 and August 2011 was 24,652,694 bags of 60 kilos each, according to data from the National Coffee Association of Guatemala (ANACAFE).
The combined exports of the 9 Latin American countries have increased by 18.5% in the first eight months of the current crop.
Sales in all nine countries (Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Peru and The Dominican Republic) totaled 10.4 million 60 kilo bags, compared to 8.7 million in the same period of the previous crop.
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