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Colombia’s coffee production fell in 2021 for the second year in a row

EFE | THE COUNTRY | Bogota

Colombia’s coffee production in 2021 was 12.6 million 60-kilo bags, 9% less than the 13.9 million bags in 2020, which represents a second year of reduced harvest, reported this Wednesday the National Federation of Coffee Growers (FNC).

The FNC attributed this result to the “negative impact that the blockades had (due to social protests) in the second quarter of the year and the effect of the weather in some coffee regions that could reduce production.”

On the other hand, the production of December 2021 reached 1.4 million bags, which was also 21% lower than that of the same month of 2020.

The figures are also negative if you look at what is going on in the coffee year (October to December 2021), since the harvests fell 19% to 3.5 million bags, against 4.3 million in the same previous period.

Exports also decreased

Regarding exports, Colombia, which is the world’s largest producer of mild washed arabica coffee, sold 12.4 million bags abroad in 2021, 1% less than the 12.5 million that were sold in 2020.

Exports in December 2021 were 1.2 million bags, 10% less than the 1.3 million exported in December 2020, according to FNC data.

And in the coffee year, coffee exports have fallen 9%, from the 3.6 million bags from October to December 2020 to the 3.3 million that were sold in the same period of 2021.

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