Environmental Standards for Coffee Production

As of June 2018, Guatemalan coffee producers must comply with a new environmental standard whose requirements will depend on the type of farm on which the activity takes place.

Monday, January 15, 2018

In accordance with the provisions of Governmental Agreement 137-2016, coffee producers must submit a study of the potential environmental impact of the activity to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. 

Evelio Alvarado, manager of Anacafé, told Elperiodico.com.gt " ... that the MARN will have to approve each of the studies presented by the producers, which they hope will not produce a bottleneck and complicate activities at a time when the coffee industry is affected by a decrease in price in the international market and local complications such as the strength of the exchange rate, insecurity and poor infrastructure conditions."

See also "Central America: Coffee Export Prices Drop 33%"

Roberto Soto, head of the post-harvest department of Anacafé, said that the majority produce on category C farms and would have to apply to agroforestry systems. Regarding categories B farms, he stated that " ... only three farms in the country would be in category B2, which are those that exceed 500 hectares and require the hiring of an environmental consultant and payment of a license."

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