Central America Loses 3.7 million Quintals of Coffee

Losses caused by the rust disease in Honduras amount to 1.8 million bags, 650,000 quintals in Guatemala, 600,000 in Nicaragua, 400,000 in El Salvador, 200,000 in Costa Rica and 60,000 in Panama.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Those are the estimates of the Central American Organization of Coffee Exporters (ORCECA), who was unwilling to speculate on how much income the region would not receive because of declining exports.

Taking into account an average price of $150 per quintal in the international market, the figure could reach $600 million, reported Elmundo.com.sv.

Although the amount exported will be lower than expected, coffee quality is still being maintained, and so far exporters have not perceived an upward effect on the demand for coffee.

"When coffee stocks start to run low in consumer countries, they will start being concerned about coffee running out", said Oscar Diaz, representative of Guatemalan exporters.

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Costa Rica: Numbers in the Coffee Harvest

October 2014

About $80 million is the estimate for spending by coffee producers in 2014/15 crop season which is estimated at 2.08 million hundredweight.

Around $78.8 million has been allocated for harvesting the crop, most of which will be used in the payment of wages to collectors, who in some cases are reported by producers to, "... be able to expect to earn up to $1,000 per month."

Serious Problems in Nicaraguan Coffee Sector

November 2012

Rust and anthracnose are affecting the coffee plantations in several of the country’s regions, with an estimated loss of 10% in the current crop.

The disease known as coffee rust has increased in various departments and the plantations in Estelí, Madriz, Nueva Segovia, Jinotega, Matagalpa and Boaco, are affected. Some producers from Las Segovias estimated losses of up to 10% of their harvest.

Nicaragua: Coffee Exports Down 9%

August 2012

In the first ten months of the current crop foreign exchange revenues totaled $374.7 million, $37.2 million less than in the same period in the last harvest.

The decline in foreign exchange earnings has been caused in part by the decline in export volumes (1.71 million quintals from October to July this year versus 1.83 million quintals in the same period last year) coupled with a slight decline in the average price per quintal. The average sales price was $218.1, $ 7.5 less compared to the same period of the previous crop, $225.6.

Coffee Exports to Fall by $200 million in 2012

February 2012

Grain producers in El Salvador warn that the harvest will be 1.1 million quintals less this year due to a range of negative factors.

Coffee entrepreneurs in El Salvador fear that in 2012, losses from a possible reduction of the crop will reach $200 million. Negative factors such as the effect of the weather, aging of the plantations and the bi-annuality of coffee are contributing to the situation.

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