Colombian Coffee Crop Year 2013-2014 Registered Confirms Positive Production Trend

Nov. 19, 2014

Bogota. October 6 2014 (FNC Press)– As a result of the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation’s (FNC) ambitious crop renovation and coffee leaf rust control programs, Colombia, the world’s leading producer of mild washed Arabica coffee, has registered an increase in production by the end of September.

Coffee production in the 2013-2014 coffee harvest year (October 2013-September 2014) reached 12.1 million 60 kilo bags of green coffee. This means a 22% increase compared to the 9.9 million bags produced during the same period of the previous year.

Similarly, coffee production in September 2014 reached a total of 912,000 60 kilo bags, reflecting a 6% increase compared to the 860,000 60 kilo bags produced in September 2013.

Year to date (January-September) coffee production reached a total of 8.8 million 60 kilo bags, meaning a 16% increase compared to the 7.6 million bags produced between January and September 2013.

Production increase and higher market prices are generating higher income for Colombian coffee growing families. Between January and September 2014, the coffee harvest value, including government support, reached US$1.8 billion dollars at current exchange rates. This translated into a 19% increase compared to the harvest value of the same period of the previous year in domestic currency.