Dip in Coffee Harvest Projected

With a few weeks to go before the end of the 2017/18 agricultural cycle, entrepreneurs in the sector project that production will amount to 1 million hundredweight less than initially expected.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

In a complicated context, with international prices at record lows and rising local production costs, Honduras is projecting less grain production for this cycle. 

A report from the Honduran Council of Private Enterprise (Cohep) indicates that " ... the decrease in production is expected in the order of 1.0 million hundredweight, which would mean reaching, by the end of 2018, a production of 9.0 million hundredweight compared to the 10.0 million hundredweight produced in 2017, behavior associated with the fall in international prices."

See "Coffee: Global prices up to July 2018"

In 2017, coffee exports from Honduras generated $1.317 billion, and measured as an economic activity, the sector grew by 24% last year, according to figures indicated in the report.

The situation that coffee growers are experiencing in Honduras is similar to the one being faced in Guatemala. In Guatemala the union of producers has stated that a reduction in international prices is affecting the sector, which is already facing difficulties in covering production costs.  See: "Dark Perspectives for Coffee"

See report by the COHEP. (In Spanish)

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