Costa Rica Expects 15% Drop in Coffee Harvest

During current 2010-11 about 1.9 million bushels (46 kilos each) are expected to be harvested, 15% less than last season.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Industry sources said that decline in production is due to the impact of heavy rains which affected crops last year.

The chief executive of the Costa Rican Coffee Institute (Icafe), Ronald Peters, "... acknowledged that Costa Rica has had a declining coffee production over the last 10 years, especially due to costs of production that was not making the activity profitable, but last year the main problem and the one that had the most negative influence on plantations was bad weather," reports Reuters.

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Costa Rican Coffee Industry Fears Loss of Crops

October 2011

Heavy rains in recent days have raised fears about an attack of the fungus ‘ojo de gallo’ (Mycena citricolor) in coffee plantations, especially in the highlands.

Last year in 2010 the plague affected 10% of the total sown area, about 10,000 hectares.

Ronald Peters, executive director of the Costa Rican Coffee Institute (Icafe), expressed his fears, in particular regarding the highlands.

Costa Rica To Produce 12% More Coffee

June 2010

Icafé, the Coffee Institute of Costa Rica, expects the country to output 11.6% more coffee in the 2010/11 harvest.

This increase will happen as a result of favorable weather and efforts in precision agriculture, explained the Institute.

“This project (precision agriculture) is being developed by Icafé and the CIMS Foundation (Center for Sustainable Market Intelligence) from INCAE.

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