March 4th pm Bogota Time.
Unfortunately the situation in Colombia has not improved over the
weekend, despite a significant package of price support agreed for coffee
growers. Other sectors have joined the strike, notably Truckers.
Total price support is now valued at approx. 360 million dollars since last
October through December this year. The leaders of the protest are requesting
more and have decided to maintain the roadblocks. The Federation´s leaders from
its 366 Municipal Coffee Grower Committees and 15 Departmental Coffee Grower
Committees are appealing for the blocks to end, so that the country is not
affected. Our position is that we have to be responsible, obey the law and
respect the mobility rights of others, including those of the coffee growing
community not participating in the strike as well as from other sectors of the
The 15 Coffee Grower Committees have decided to postpone their Congress
initially convened for today. This will provide time to communicate better the
significant measures taken over the weekend.
In the meantime, the commercial logistics have begun to be affected. Domestic
transportation of coffee from inner towns to main milling centers has been
affected, as well as transportation to certain ports. We shall keep you
informed of possible delays in specific shipments. FNC have redirected some of
its shipments from Buenaventura to Cartagena and Santa Marta in order to avoid
the roads that are currently blocked. FNC´s logistics department is getting in
touch with customers to get their approval on these changes so we can meet our
FNC acknowledges that some shipment delays will occur due to the strike. The
coffee is not getting to the ports on time, but also the coffee is not flowing
normally from the producing regions to our milling facilities.