The National Coffee Institute (Ihcafe) points out that Honduran coffee exports are expected to rise 14% during the next harvest, due to the more favorable climatic conditions, as well as new plantations coming into operation.
Honduras is expected to ship 6.28 million 60 kg bags during the 2020/2021 season, compared to the 5.52 million bags expected in the current 2019/2020 cycle, which ends later this month.
"We had a good winter and new areas that will go into production," Francisco Ordoņez, chairman of the Ihcafe board of directors, told Reuters. Previously, the Institute predicted that coffee growers in the country would export 6.52 million bags during the almost complete cycle of 2019/2020, but had to reduce the estimate because low prices and drought weighed on the sector.
Francisco added that the Institute also approved new safety guidelines designed to protect workers in the national coffee industry, including those who harvest the beans, due to the coronavirus pandemic. So far, Honduran health officials have confirmed more than 70,000 Covid-19 infections and nearly 2,200 deaths attributable to the respiratory disease caused by the virus.
The 2020/2021 coffee harvest in Central America and Mexico, which together produce about one fifth of the world's Arabica beans, runs from October 2020 to September 2021.
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