By Fabiana Batista
Crop agency Conab will start collecting information on arabica-coffee areas earlier than usual this year to assess the potential size of losses, Silvio Farnese, supply director at Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry, said in telephone interview.
Conab will contact its network of sources on the impact of prolonged dryness and heat
The data will be used to start planning aid policies for farmers hit by crop losses, he said
“It won’t be an official Conab report to be released to the market. It is only a way for the government to reconcile a lot of nonofficial estimates currently available and plan its policies”
Some estimates provided to the government range from losses of 15% to 40% versus 2019, the previous lower-yielding half of a biennial cycle, Farnese said
The government may increase credit lines for growers for massive trees pruning
Uganda Coffee Output Seen Steady at 7m Bags in 2020-21: Group
By Fred Ojambo
Output forecast compares with production of close to 7m bags last season, Tony Mugoya, executive director of the Uganda Coffee Farmers Alliance, says by phone.
Trees planted in recent years are coming into production amid good weather
Exports this season may be around 5m bags
READ: Uganda Says 2019-20 Coffee Exports Rose 21% to Record 5.36m Bags
NOTE: Robusta accounts for at least 80% of Uganda’s annual coffee output
Uganda plans to raise output to 20m bags by 2025-2030