El Salvador Extends Coffee Tax

The tax of $0.50 per quintal of coffee, which is already paid by exporters, will now be extended to every quintal produced in the country.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Furthermore, this reform decree establishes that the money collected by the tax will be designated to researching new technologies to produce coffee.

René Serrano, in his article in Elsalvador.com, highlights comments by Mario Acosta Oertel, the president of Pro Café, which brings together several cooperatives: "Everyone agrees with this tax. It already was being paid...it's just it wasn’t previously specified for research on the ´golden grain.´"

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El Salvador Expects Good 2010-11 Coffee Harvest

January 2011

Producers estimate a 60% increase for the 2010-2011 harvest, reaching 2.4 million quintals.

Antonio Alvarado, president of the Salvadoran Foundation for Coffee Research (Procafé), stated that the growth is partly driven by good international prices.

"By the middle of last year, international coffee prices reached levels not seen in 13 years.

El Salvador: Coffee Production Up 43%

June 2010

Coffee growers expect the sector to produce 2.15 million quintals in 2010/11.

In 2009/10, the country harvested 1.5 million quintals, according to data from Procafé, the Salvadoran Coffee Research Foundation.

“These are preliminary forecasts, hopefully there won’t be any more disturbances caused by abnormal weather.

El Salvador Must Renew Coffee Plantations

November 2009

In the next 20 years, the country must invest $35 million per year to renew its coffee plantations, which are 33 years old on average.

Mario Acosta Oertel, president of the Salvadoran Coffee Research Foundation (Procafé), explained that the country could produce an additional 1.5 million quintals each year if coffee plantations were in optimal condition.

El Salvador: Coffee Growers Suggest Payment Options

August 2009

4 proposals will be presented to the Legislative Assembly, looking to solve the coffee grower's debt problem.

Mario Acosta Oertel, president of the Salvadoran Foundation for Coffee Research (PROCAFE), considers the proposals to be "viable, reasonable and sensible".

More comments by Acosta were reproduced in newspaper La Prensa Gráfica: " ...this proposals seek a consented agreement on the grower's debt, which now stands at $300 million...".

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