The proposal to offset part of the drop in arabic production with crops of the robusta variety has not been endorsed by the National Coffee Congress.
Despite the phytosanitary and economic justifications, coffee growers in the National Congressmeeting decided not to repeal the ban on growing robusta in the country which has been in force since 1988.See "Cultivation of robusta coffee in Costa Rica".
With trust funds planned for this year still not liberated, the union is negotiating with entities such as the CABEI and the IDB to obtain new sources of funding.
The National Coffee Association (Anacafe) estimated at $955 million the amount needed to renew 60% of coffee plantations, and although "it may seem very high," Alexander Keller, vice president of Anacafé, says that"... by carrying out this replanting with more resistant varieties we could double the export volume and foreign exchange earnings. "
A proposal to remove the ban on cultivation of robusta in the country will be presented on October 8 at the National Coffee Congress for its ratification.
Despite the fact that the international price of this variety is about 40% lower than higher quality varieties such as Arabica coffee, producers in the country are promoting the elimination of Decree 1988 and the re-growing of robusta.
In plantations in different parts of the country, and especially in Turrialba and Coto Brus, an increase has been detected in the presence of the rust fungus.
The early warning system that was implemented during the epidemic in 2012 has detected an increase in the presence of the fungus in several areas, and although the situation still is not an emergency, health authorities and the producers themselves are urging better controls in order to avoid its spread.
With the aim of replacing imports and reviving areas with low productive development a proposal has been made to lift the ban which has been in force since 1988 and re-grow robusta.
Replacing ever increasing coffee imports with local production, which according to figures from PROCOMER, reached 3500 tons in the first five months of this year, is one of the main motivations of the plan being prepared by producers, exporters and roasters, together with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.
Between March 2015 and February this year the country achieved a production of 14.3 million bags of 60 kilos, 16% more than the nearly 12.4 million in the previous harvest.
From a statement by the National Federation of Coffee Growers in Colombia:
Bogotá - Colombia, the largest producer of mild washed arabica coffee, recorded a harvest in February of 1.1 million bags each weighing 60 kilos and that the growth rate has been maintained, however, they remain on alert because of the effect of the intense El Niño.
The coffee market stabilised slightly in February, but prices remain at very low levels.
From a report by the International Coffee Organization:
The coffee market stabilised slightly in February, but prices remain at very low levels. A lack of news regarding fundamentals with expectations of a large 2016/17 crop in Brazil have kept prices from maintaining any significant rally. Inventories in importing countries have been well replenished, giving a buffer against any immediate supply concerns. Finally, our initial estimate of world consumption in 2015 suggests a steady increase to 152.1 million bags, up from 150.3 million in 2014.
The 2014/15 harvest of soft washed Arabica coffee amounted to 13.6 million bags each weighing 60 kilos, the highest figure in the last 22 years.
From a statement issued by the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia (FNC):
Bogota, November 5, 2015 (Press FNC) Colombia, largest producer of mild washed Arabica coffee, recorded a harvest of 13.6 million bags of 60 kilos in the last twelve months (November 2014-October 2015), which is 12% more compared to the 12.2 million bags harvested in the period one year ago.
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