Up to 50,000 quintals of Salvadoran coffee could be lost because of storm Julia

By Karla Ramos  |  Oct 17th, 2022
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Sergio Ticas, the representative of the coffee sector in El Salvador, announced that up to 50,000 quintals of coffee could be lost due to Storm Julia, which hit El Salvador in October.

“The Coffee Association of El Salvador ACAFASEL estimates damage to about 10,000 blocks of land in the country’s coffee park, which would generate a loss of between 40,000 and 50,000 quintals of coffee.” Sergio Ticas.

“In previous statements, the Coffee Association of El Salvador had said they expected to harvest about one million coffee quintals for the 2022-2023 harvest season. Now, “I hope we will reach 950.00. The ideal is to reach a million, but right now, it is uncertain,” said Sergio Ticas.

According to preliminary data from the Salvadoran Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), the rains and excessive winds from the storm caused losses of close to 5% in the coffee harvest. The Eastern region of El Salvador is the most affected.

There is a setback to the positive outlooks of the sector for the 2022-2023 season; due to the losses caused by the October rains. The coffee industry was expecting to exceed the 2021-2022 production.

According to Ticas, the damage occurred in coffees that are grown in strictly high altitude, which are specialty coffees. Salvadoran coffee beans exports are a big part of the country’s GDP.