Coffee: Optimistic Forecast for Costa Rica

For the 2019-2020 crop, production is estimated at 1.91 million quintals, about 12% more than in the previous cycle, partly due to the renewal of some coffee plantations.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The Coffee Institute of Costa Rica (Icafé) forecasts that coffee production will increase by 196,760 sacks of 46 kilograms of processed beans, from 1,717,659 quintals reported in the 2018-2019 cycle to 1,914,419 projected for the 2019-2020 harvest.

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Xinia Chaves, executive director of Icafé, explained to that "... the impact of income from renewed coffee plantations is very relevant and brings new hope to the producer."

Chaves added that "... The increase in the harvest is fundamentally the result of two things: some coffee plantations that have been renewed are beginning to enter (into production) and have some recovery with new varieties, but it also corresponds to the positive biannual nature of the plantations."

The executive said that for the present harvest the ripening of the grain was advanced in the region of Los Santos, a situation that has caused the increase in demand for labor on some farms in Valle Occidental.

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December 2018

In Costa Rica, the coffee sector expects that for the 2018-2019 harvest will be produced about 1.8 million quintals, a volume that would be 11% lower than that recorded in the 2017-2018 season.

According to forecasts by the Costa Rican Coffee Institute (Icafé), between the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 harvests, the country's production will fall from 2 million to 1.8 million quintals, a decline that would be caused by the cyclical behavior of plants and the aging of coffee plantations.

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Between the 2011-2012 and 2016-2017 harvests, the difference between the average price per quintal of the country's exports and the international market price of grain has more than doubled, from $25 to $54.

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Due to the climatic conditions predicted for the months of July and August, an increase is expected in the presence of the disease in coffee plantations in Costa Rica.

During July there is a typical decrease in rainfall known as "la canícula", a period in which Rust progresses slowly and the emergence of new lesions is less. However, at the same time there is a greater presence of spores in the lesiones favored by the warmer temperature and by weaker and less frequent rains. This situation will promote a large increase in the disease in the majority of the Costa Rican coffee plantations when more abundant rains return starting in August, reported the Coffee Institute of Costa Rica (Icafé).

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