Robusta Planted in Nicaraguan Lowlands

The government will promote the development of coffee in the South Atlantic Autonomous Region based on the robusta variety.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Bayardo Arce, economic affairs adviser to the President, explained that the promotion of the cultivation of this variety of coffee is a consensus decision and will be included within the National Program for Transformation and Development of Coffee Plantations (PNTDC).

"We have to open up technological development and specifically one of the issues already agreed on in this program of transformation and standardization of coffee plantations is that we will provide for the production of robusta coffee in the caribbean zone of the country," said Arce.

Since 2006, according to Arce, this variety of coffee has been produced in Nueva Guinea, therefore the expansion of crop areas will allow the exploitation of thousands of acres in the area, stimulating the domestic economy and exports.

Robusta "is resistant to adverse weather conditions and is grown in areas that are less than 700 meters above sea level. Although the price is lower, its performance is between 24 and 63 bushels per acre," reported

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Coffee growers suggest eliminating restrictions that exist for growing robusta in order to allow planting in protected areas and other areas.

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Strong Backing of Robusta Coffee in Nicaragua

October 2013

About 20 thousand acres are to be planted with the grain in the next few years, in order to produce up to one million quintals of coffee.

This was stated by the President of MerconCoffee Group, José Antonio Baltodano. "In the Atlantic Coast there should now be planted 2,500 hectares of robusta, whose production potential within three years could be about 100 million quintals, which would mostly be for export as local consumption is mostly of instant coffee and is small," he explained.

Nicaragua Designates Robusta Coffee Growing Areas

September 2013

The variety can only be planted in some areas of the South Atlantic Autonomous Region and the North Atlantic Autonomous Region.

This is what has been established by a ministerial agreement published by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (Magfor). "In protected areas such as Bosawás, Cola Blanca, Cerro Bolivia, Cerro Banacruz, Wawashang and Rio Indio Maiz, among others, it is not permitted to sow or sell that variety, and in the North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN) the Waslala area is also excluded" reported

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