Honduras reduces its coffee export forecast for the 2021-2022 harvest

Honduras, the largest exporter of coffee in Central America, lowered its foreign sales forecast by 12.8% of the grain in the 2021/2022 harvest compared to its initial estimate, given factors linked to production and the presence of rust, a sector executive said on Friday.

Honduras expected to market some 5.8 million 60-kilo bags in the world market this season, but now foresees 5.08 million unitsin a decision of the board of directors of the Honduran Coffee Institute (IHCAFE).

“The drop in the export forecast is due to the drop in production due to the effect of bi-annual production on the farms (…) and the damage caused by rust also had an impact,” said the president of the Honduran Association of Exporters of Coffee (AHDECAFE), Miguel Pon.

Biannuality is a cyclical phenomenon whereby after a good harvest, the next one tends to be lower in production, to recover in the later one, and it is more serious in older farms. Rust is a phytoparasitic fungus that is exclusive to coffee plantations and causes serious pests in plantations.

Exports from Honduras in the current harvest totaled about 1.6 million 60-kilo bags until Friday, 14.3% more than the figures for the previous harvest, of about 1.4 million units until the end of February, according to the department. Marketing of the IHCAFE.

The harvest in Honduras, which like its Central American neighbors and Mexico produces Arabica coffee, runs from October to September of the following year. In 2020/2021, the country exported some 5.9 million 60-kilo bags.

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