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Colombian coffee production rises 7% despite intense El Niño

Staff writer ▼ | March 10, 2016
Colombia produced 1.09 million 60-kilo (132-pound) bags of coffee last month, a 7 percent increase over February 2015, the National Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) reported.
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LatAm   The National Coffee Growers Federation:
Output from March 2015 through February 2016 totaled 14.2 million bags, up 16 percent from the previous 12-month period.

Despite the growth in production, the FNC expressed concern over “the impact of an intense El Niño,” which is causing drought across parts of Colombia.

The Federation said it has advised “coffee growers on the importance of tending their coffee very well so the trade measures adopted help them to mitigate the impact of El Niño on their finances at the same time they preserve the quality and reputation of Colombian coffee in international markets.”

The FNC said it has intensified efforts against the coffee borer beetle, a pest that flourishes under drought conditions.

Coffee exports increased 5 percent last month to 1.1 million bags.

Between March 2015 and February 2016, foreign sales of Colombian coffee reached 12.8 million bags, a 15 percent increase over the 11.1 million bags exported between March 2014 and February 2015.