The US Department of Agriculture has issued an update on coffee production in Colombia, including its expectations for MY2018/19.
It said Colombian coffee production in marketing year (MY) 2017/18 fell further than expected, to 13.8 million bags green bean equivalent (GBE), but it expects the next crop to recover well.
The main reason for decline in MY 2017/18 was unfavourable weather conditions, particularly during the first half of the year, including excessive rain and cloudiness.
However, in MY 2018/2019 weather conditions are expected to be favourable, resulting in estimated production of 14.3 million bags GBE. Exports should also grow by nearly five per cent to 13.3 million bags GBE.
The USDA said the recovery will be supported by a continuation of the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia’s replanting programme and government funded programmes to incentivize coffee farming.
[photo: Neil Palmer CIAT)