BOGOTA, Colombia — With one million 37,000 bags, production of Colombian coffee rose 2% in March compared to the one million 20,000 bags produced in March 2017.
However, the accumulated figures continue showing lower production compared to 2017.
Year-to-date production reached almost 3.4 million bags, 6% less from the nearly 3.6 million bags produced in the first quarter of 2017.
In the last 12 months (April 2017-March 2018), production was almost 14 million bags, a 4% decrease from the over 14.6 million bags harvested in the same previous period.
And so far this coffee year (October 2017-March 2018) production exceeded 7.3 million bags, 8% less compared to the almost 8 million bags produced during the same previous period.
Exports fall 2% in last 12 months
In the last 12 months (April 2017-March 2018) exports reached almost 12.8 million bags, a 2% reduction from the over 13 million bags exported in the same previous period.
In March exports of Colombian coffee slightly exceeded 1 million bags, 14% down from the almost 1.2 million bags exported in March 2017.
Year-to-date exports (January-March) exceeded 3.2 million bags, 7% down from the nearly 3.5 million bags exported in the same period of the previous year.
And so far this coffee year(October 2017-March 2018)exports were almost 6.8 million bags, 10% less versus the nearly 7.5 million bags exported between October 2016 and March 2017.