Cost of harvesting coffee in Costa Rica go up due to lack of workers

Coffee farmers in Turrialba, Perez Zeledon and other zones are currently paying up to $1.63 (900 colones) per basket to harvesters.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The higher wages for harvesters is due to two factors: one, that ripening is just barely starting, and two, the lack of harvesters has farmers competing for workers.
Costa Rica hopes to harvest 2.38 million fanegas (an agricultural unit with a capacity of 46 kilos each) of coffee.
This initial figure for harvesting is slightly less than the 2.49 million fanegas at the close of the 2007-2008 harvest.

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