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.
Opportunities in the Arab country have been announced for chutneys, organic coffee, pastries, organic tuna, dried fruits, plants, flowers and foliage.
The Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER) has opened a trade promotion office in Qatar. Alvaro Stone, director of Exports at the office, informed Nacion.com that an official has been based in the premises of the Embassy of Costa Rica in that country since late last year.
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.
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.
Good grain inventory levels globally have kept prices relatively stable and low in April.
From a monthly report by the International Coffee Organization (ICO):
Coffee exports from Brazil reached a record level of 36.8 million bags in crop year 2014/15 (April-March), driven by domestic stocks and favored by a depreciation in the exchange rate. According to calculations by Conab it estimated at the moment that production in the 2015/16 crop year will be about the same, between 44.1 and 46.6 million bags. However, since domestic consumption in Brazil has reached about 21 million bags, the availability of exports will be significantly lower next year. Overall, prices remained low in April 2015 despite a slight increase from March as consumer stocks remain relatively well supplied. In addition, recent reports on the next Brazilian crop suggest that damage may not be as severe as expected.
58% of Canadian families buy organic food at least once a week, making it an attractive market for companies producing these products.
The demand for organic food has grown in recent years both in Europe and in North America, where countries such as Germany, Switzerland, the United States and Canada are buying more and more organic food which is free of pesticides, dyes and other chemicals in order to improve their health. In Canada alone, 58% of households buy organic food at least once a week, making it an attractive market for companies producing these products.
Between 2010 and 2011 the amount of land sown with seeds for organic products was reduced from 11,115 hectares to 7,448 hectares.
The reduction in revenues from developed markets due to the economic crisis and high production costs may be the reasons behind the reduction in the global demand for organic products, by companies in this sector.
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.
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