Coffee in Costa Rica: Harvest is Delaying

Because the grain has not matured with the normal speed, at the end of the second half of December of the 2020-2021 agricultural season, the volume harvested in the country had fallen 23% compared to what was reported at the same date of the 2019-2020 cycle.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

According to businessmen of the sector, the delay in the maturation of coffee is mainly because during 2020 in almost all the country the rains arrived late, a phenomenon that interrupted the normal cycle of the grain.

Juan Manuel Sánchez, president of the National Chamber of Coffee Growers, told Nacion.com that "... the delay is about 22 days. The harvest has behaved differently than usual; it has been delayed. This means that more boxes or bushels have to be picked in a shorter period of time and therefore more people are required'. Areas such as Turrialba and San Vito de Java are the most affected."

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Xinia Chaves, executive director of the Costa Rican Coffee Institute (Icafé), explained that "... there was a delay in the maturation of the grain, especially in the areas of the Central Valley and Los Santos."

According to Chaves, it is expected that by the end of January the harvesting process will be able to normalize, however, the main concern will be to face the shortage of labor to perform this task.

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