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Coffee Harvest in Panama Produces $32 Million Dollars

Money Matters By Gilberto Pérez for El Siglo - One sack of "special" coffee weighing 132 pounds was sold on the international market for $949 dollars. At least 234,600 "quintals" (sacks each weighing 132 pounds) of coffee have been harvested from the 16,100 hectares of cultivated land throughout the country according to numbers issued by the Coffee Program of the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA). There is still another 2,000 hectares remaining to be harvested, and it is expected that this years harvest could reach a total of 236,000 quintals of coffee. Raul Ortiz Soriano, the Director of MIDA's Coffee Program, said that during this season at total of 14.35 quintals was produced per hectare, compared to just 13.25 per hectare harvested during the previous season. But during this 2008-2009 season the total production was slightly inferior to the 2007-2008 season, during which time a total of 255,000 quintals was harvested. The lower levels of production were caused by some plants being infected with a disease called Ojo de Gallo, as well as the flooding that occurred in some of the production areas of the Chiriquí province, said Ortiz. Coffee production in Panama generates approximately $32 million dollars and creates about 8,750 jobs. Local production is sufficient to supply local demand of about 183,000 quintals of coffee every year. Special Coffee: The segment of special coffees has obtained acceptance. In the month of March they sold a total of 6,700 sacks each weighing 132 pounds for $12 million dollars. The price per sack was set at $949 dollars. (The math doesn't work out - don't ask me... DKW) About 51% of the coffee production in Panama is located in the province of Chiriquí with 10,000 hectares, followed by Veraguas, Colon and the region of the Azuero peninsula.

Avanza cosecha de café

Gilberto Pérez gperez@elsiglo.com

El saco de 132 libra de café especial ha logrado venderse a $949 en el mercado internacional

Al menos 234 mil 600 quintales de café se han cosechado en unas 16 mil 100 hectáreas cultivadas en todo el país de acuerdo con cifras emitidas por el Programa de Café del Ministerio de Desarrollo Agropecuario (MIDA).

Restan por recolectar otras 2 mil hectáreas que en total podrían producir 236 mil quintales del preciado grano.

Raúl Ortiz Soriano, director del Programa de Café del MIDA, explicó que para esta zafra se alcanzó una producción de 14.35 quintales por hectáreas en comparación con los 13.25 quintales que se cosechó en la zafra anterior.

Pero en la zafra 2008-2009, la producción fue ligeramente inferior al período 2007-2008, período en que se logró recoger 255 mil quintales.

La reducción se debió a las afectaciones que tuvo la presencia del ojo de gallo en las plantas y a las inundaciones que se registraron en las áreas productoras principalmente en Chiriquí, explicó Raúl Ortiz Soriano, jefe del Programa de Café del MIDA. La actividad cafetalera genera 32 millones de dólares y emplea a unos 8 mil 750 productores.

La producción local es suficiente para abastecer la demanda que ronda en los 183 mil quintales de café al año.

CAFé ESPECIAL

El segmento de los cafés especiales ha logrado una buena aceptación. En el mes de marzo se lograron vender un total de 6 mil 700 sacos de 132 libras por un valor de 12 millones de dólares. Cada saco se logro ubicar a 949 dólares.

Chiriquí ocupa el 51% de la producción con 10 mil hectáreas, Veraguas, Colón y la región de azuero complementan las áreas de cultivos.

DEMANDA LOCAL

Impacto económico La actividad cafetalera genera un comercio de 34 millones de dólares al año PronósticoLas autoridades esperan recolectar 236 mil quintales de café para la zafra 2008-2009

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