Bogota, November, 28/2011
Although 2011 has certainly been a year full of challenges, it has also been a year of success and important achievements for the Colombian coffee industry. The main obstacle that currently threatens the sector is the high level of precipitations, which began in 2009, worsened in 2010, and reached a critical point in 2011 with the re appearance of La Niña phenomenon.
Even though the persistence of this phenomenon has severely affected the industry’s development, the FNC´s ambitious renovation programs with rust resistant varieties, which up to October 2011 has exceeded 102,000 hectares, has managed to establish new and more dense plantations in more than 20% of the Colombian coffee growing area. By 2010, as a result of an investment of nearly US$ 30 million in vulnerable coffee plantations, the spread of coffee rust decreased from 44% to 12%. Without doubt the renovation initiative will change the structure of the Colombian coffee industry during the next 4 years.
During the past 12 months coffee production reached more than 8,2 million bags, a similar volume as in the previous year; the total crop value in the past 12 months reached over US$ 2.6 billion, a 32% increase compared with the similar period of the previous year.
Below you will find the main results achieved by the FNC in its different areas of action throughout the current year aiming to improve the well being of Colombian coffee growers.
Competitiveness and Innovation
“Achieving young, productive and profitable coffee farms”
By the end of 2011 nearly 120 thousand hectares will be renovated, most with rust resistant varieties
Earlier this year the FNC established ambitious goals dealing with the coffee farmer’s productivity and the renovation of their coffee plantations. The FNC offered support to initiatives such as the Permanence, Sustainability and Future (PSF) and the Competitiveness programs, to satisfy the particular needs of different types of growers.
During the first 10 months of 2011 the efficiency in the implementation of these programs made the renovation of 102 thousand hectares of coffee possible. This results, which represent an increase of 46% compared to the renovation figures registered by October 2010, confirm the commitment of coffee growers with the recovery of coffee production.