CoffeeNetwork (New York) – Coffee production in Colombia
exceeded 10.7 million bags over the past 12 months, largely as a result the
successful renewal program that seeks to increase productivity and plant health
of the coffee plantations, according to the Colombian Coffee Federation. This
rise in coffee production is in line with the increase in total exports. During
the last twelve months, exports grew 31% and stood at 9.5 million bags.
To date, 34% of Colombia's coffee exports were sold in
higher value segments, while 165,000 coffee growers are linked to some
sustainability certification such as 4C, UTZ, Rainforest Alliance, Fair Trade
(Flo) or CAFE Practices. About 70% of all coffee purchases the National Coffee
Fund (FONC) correspond to specialty coffees.
Production recorded between January and November grew 36%,
mostly due to the renovation program which has not only allowed to have younger
trees resistant to diseases like rust fungus and climate effects, but has also
been instrumental in raising productivity per hectare.
The average productivity of coffee plantations has
increased, going from 11.1 bags of green coffee per productive hectare in 2012,
to an expected 14.5 bags per hectare this year, an increase of 32%.
As a result, so far this year, the recorded harvest reached
9.8 million bags, up 43% from 6.8 million bags in the same period last year.
In November 2013, the recorded production reached 1,113,000 bags, up 45%
from 770,000 bags obtained in the eleventh month of 2012.
On the other hand, exports, like coffee production in
Colombia, also saw a significant increase between January and November. Exports
grew 36% and stood at 8.7 million bags compared to 6.4 million bags placed in
international markets between January and November 2012. Coffee exports
in November 2013 grew 44% totaling 1.1 million bags compared to 736,000 bags
exported in November 2012.