Coffee: Harvest at Historic Lows

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
It is estimated that in El Salvador the current coffee harvest will close at 600,000 quintals, a volume similar to that reported in 1890, when the country had not invested considerably in coffee production.
The lack of maintenance work such as pruning, fertilization, weed control, pests and diseases, are some of the reasons why the volume of coffee cultivation has fallen to levels reported 130 years ago.

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Omar Flores Hidalgo, president of the Coffee Association of El Salvador (ACAFESAL), told that “… In the last year the majority of coffee growers were not able to provide the aforementioned maintenance, because of the fall in international prices and the lack of financing, as well as the effects of climate change, which are greater when plants are found without proper maintenance.

Flores added that “… as a union we have learned that the government is preparing a coffee plan as a result of declarations made by the Minister of Agriculture, Pablo Anliker, in the media, but we ask the President of the Republic to make this plan known.

If the necessary investments are not made, the coffee growers predict an even smaller harvest for the 2020 – 2021 cycle.


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