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Haiti - Agriculture : Haiti from producer to exporter of coffee
11/04/2016 10:49:20

Haiti - Agriculture : Haiti from producer to exporter of coffee
According to the National Institute of Haiti's Café (INCAH) between 2014 and 2015, production of the Haitian coffee at the National level has suffered a loss of 80% of its crops, following the outbreak of the leaf rust, insect beetle and drought.

In the Central Plateau, the Union of Cooperatives of Coffeeof Baptiste (UCOCAB) which includes 5,000 producers, announces losses close to 90% (plants and beans) while harvests decline since 2012 for lack of investment and public policy. Following insufficient production, 4 of the 7 unions grouped in the UCOCAB are inactive today...

Same situation in the Southeast, where the Cooperative of Coffee Growers of Belle-Anse Arrondissement (COOPCAB) at Thiotte, produced in 2012: 7-8 containers of 250 bags of 60 kg,. For the season 2014-2015 only 2 containers and for the next season (2015-2016) the cooperative do not expect more than one containe...

The Ministry of Agriculture has identified in 2009, 20,000 ha of coffee cultivation against 97,000 hectares in 1990. On the ground, the coffee has almost disappeared of marginal areas estimated at 50,000 ha while in strategic areas, areas are affected by leaf rust and coffee berry borer.

The coffee has not benefited since 2003, of any investment to renovate plantations. According INCAH, over 60,000 hectares of coffee, have more than 20 years, saying it would take 12 million seedlings every year for 10 years to renovate the coffee orchard in Haiti. Efforts by the cooperatives are insufficient to prevent the decline of coffee.

Until 2013, the country exported about 30,000 bags of coffee according to figures by the Institute of coffee while we learned in late March, that the Haitian roasting companies Selecto and Rebo, obtained a permit to import 20,000 60 kg bags from Uganda and Vietnam, being unable to purchase sufficient quantities of coffee on the local market, a vital import for their survival, according to these companies.

Furthermore, Friday, April 22 on the occasion of the International Day of the Earth, Dr. Louis G. Lamothe Foundation, Selecto Café Haiti, the Seguin Foundation, SISALCO organizes a combite "Let us mobilize to save the Haiti's Coffee", the starting point is the entrance of Panyol on the road of Furcy at 7:00 am, the activity will run until 1 p.m.

Faced with the threat of extinction coffee from Haiti, many organizations are mobilizing to give priority to the coffee tree planting as part of the launch of Panyol Reforestation program. The threat of the disappearance of coffee concerns every Haitian, in particular, the state and the entire the Nation.

We therefore invite every Haitian individually to make a symbolic gesture Friday, April 22, 2016 by putting in ground a coffee seedling in order to sensitize the next generation, our daughters and our son about the importance of this precious commodity in the economy and in the protection of the environment.

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