Panama Analyzes Coffee Imports

Considering current crop production is down 50%, for the first time the country is studying importing the bean.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Authorities and farmers are making inventories of existing stocks in order to determine the amount that would be required to satisfy the local market.

"The low crop yields, the attack of the 'Ojo de Gallo' fungus and the escape of raw materials to Costa Rica has caused shortage, driving the price per quintal of coffee," adds

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