Coffee entrepreneurs in El Salvador fear that in 2012, losses from a possible reduction of the crop will reach $200 million. Negative factors such as the effect of the weather, aging of the plantations and the bi-annuality of coffee are contributing to the situation.
While the 2010/2011 harvest was very good, with 2.5 million quintals, the harvest from this year and the next might only be 1.4 million quintals, in other words, 1.1 million less, warn coffee union leaders.
"I think we will have a harvest of 1.4 million quintals at most, and this should be of general concern in the country because losses will be millions," said Marcelino Samayoa of the Asociación de Beneficiadores de Café (ABECAFE)", reported La Prensa Grafica on its website.
In El Salvador coffee exports have to wait for the incoming government to finalize the appointment of the new executive director of the Salvadoran Coffee Council.
Adding to existing problems in the coffee export sector, which has seen foreign sales decrease by 56% in the fourth month of the year compared to the same period in 2013, the Salvadoran Coffee Council (CSC) is warning of the possibility that exports of the grain will be further hindered by the process of appointing new management, a job of the incoming government.