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Peru coffee output expected to increase by end-2017

92 productores participarán en competencia nacional de Taza de Excelencia que se realizará en Villa Rica. ANDINA/Difusión

92 productores participarán en competencia nacional de Taza de Excelencia que se realizará en Villa Rica. ANDINA/Difusión

13:26 | Lima, Aug. 25.

This year's coffee harvest will likely reach 6.50 million quintals (300,000 tons), up by 13% compared to the amount registered in 2016, Peruvian National Coffee Board (JNC) Head Tomas Cordova informed Friday.

According to growers, 4.80 million quintals of coffee have been cultivated between January and June 2017.

In this sense, Cordova expects a production of 700,000 quintals of aromatic beans, as well as coffee exports worth US$820 million by end-2017.

"[…] coffee is the most widespread crop in Peru, involving 223,000 families in 415,000 hectares," he added.

Likewise, National Coffee Council Head Angel Manero noted that 92% of the total coffee yields are destined for exports and the remainder goes to domestic consumption purposes.

It must be noted Peru's annual per capita consumption barely reaches 850 grams, despite its high aromatic-bean production.

In this sense, Brazil is the largest coffee consumer (6 kg per year), among producing countries, followed by Colombia (2 kg).

Remarks were made within the framework of the 7th Expo Café Perú presentation event.

Aimed at promoting domestic coffee consumption, said fair will be held at Lima's Parque de la Exposicion on October 19-21 this year.

As is known, the Inca nation celebrates Peruvian Coffee Day every last Friday of August.

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Published: 8/25/2017
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