June robusta exports from Ecuador, South America’s second-largest robusta producer, were up 23 percent from last year, although total coffee production forecasts for the country remain down due to heavy rains in the early season.
March, April and May rainfall delayed arabica production in the country by as much as two months, making arabica harvesting coincide with robusta harvesting, according to sources in a recent Bloomberg report. In an e-mail, the country’s National Coffee Council said that arabica production is expected to be down by some 630,000 bags this year, which represents a 5 percent decrease from its original annual forecasts.
“Harvest times for Arabica and Robusta this year have practically coincided in the same months,” Luis Duicela, technical director for the council, known as Cofenac, told Bloomberg. “However, in general terms there will be lower production this year compared to last”
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