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COLOMBIAN COFFEE GROWERS SUE OVER COMIC

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on January 8, 2009

9:16AM Thursday Jan 08, 2009

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CLASSIC CAFÉS

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on January 3, 2009

Saturday January 3, 2009

Story and photos by Graham Simmons

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DO CAMPO À MESA – FEIJÃO, MILHO E CAFÉ MAIS BARATOS – EXCESSO DE OFERTA REDUZ PREÇOS PAGOS AO PRODUTOR. QUEM GANHA É O CONSUMIDOR, QUE ENCONTRA PRODUTOS MAIS EM CONTA (Brazil)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 26, 2008

Quinta-feira 25 de dezembro de 2008 08:01

Marinella Castro – Estado de Minas

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MINISTÉRIO DA AGRICULTURA LIBERA MAIS R$ 222 MILHÕES PARA CAFEICULTORES – NESTE ANO JÁ FORAM REPASSADOS AOS AGENTES FINANCEIROS R$ 2,1 BILHÕES (Brazil)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 26, 2008

24/12/2008 – 11h20min

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AGRICULTURA LIBERA R$ 160 MILHÕES PARA RECUPERAR CAFEICULTURA – RECURSO É DESTINADO A LAVOURAS ATINGIDAS POR CHUVA DE GRANIZO E A QUITAÇÃO DE DÍVIDAS (Brazil)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 23, 2008

22/12/2008

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CAFÉ:RESOLUÇÕES PUBLICADAS NO DIÁRIO OFICIAL BENEFICIAM PRODUTORES RURAIS (Brazil)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 21, 2008

19/12/2008 – 18:11

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DELAYED ARRIVALS AFFECT INDIA’S NEW COFFEE CROP EXPORTS

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 16, 2008

14 Dec 2008, 0303 hrs IST

by Raghu Krishnan – ET Bureau

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BANGALORE: Exports of India’s new Arabica coffee crop are just 20% of what they were this time last year, says Coffee Exporters’ Association of
India president Ramesh Rajah. He estimates that only about 4,000 tonnes of the new crop Arabicas have been contracted for export, as compared to around 20,000 tonnes by this time last year. The problem now, he says, is the delayed arrivals of the new Arabica crop in the wake of heavy rains in the country’s coffee-growing heartland over the last few weeks.

Domestic prices are, Rajah says, ruling at 7 cents a pound-weight higher than the international level. “Consequently,” he adds, “India’s main market in Western Europe is sourcing Arabicas from other origins like Central America. There has been some shipment of our new-crop Arabicas to West Asia. However, with the weather improving over the last few days in our coffee-growing regions, I expect Arabica arrivals to pick up by the end of December to an extent where there could be greater parity between Indian prices and the international level. Which could see new-crop Arabica shipments to our main markets in Western Europe picking up.”

The earlier problem of volatility in international coffee prices following the turmoil in the world’s financial markets has now somewhat eased. Ramesh expects world Arabica prices, which are benchmarked by the daily close on the New York-based Inter Continental Exchange (ICE), to settle down in the range of 105 to 115 cents a pound-weight for March futures.

Which could be a relief to the international coffee trade which has watched coffee futures in free fall since September 15 when Lehman Brothers, which had taken a big and long position on coffee, filed for bankruptcy.

Another silver lining, says Ramesh, is that India’s new-crop Robustas are expected to start arrving in January itself, earlier than usual. And with the next crop in the world’s biggest coffee- growing country of Brazil projected to be smaller by 3 million to 5 million bags (60-kg per bag), the international coffee trade could perk up to an extent where the uncertainty of the last few months becomes a thing of the past when the only hope was that people would drink more coffee to calm their nerves in a period of total turmoil on the world’s financial markets!

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ETHIOPIA STARTS COFFEE EXCHANGE – Ethiopia, Africa’s largest coffee producer, has started trading the crop on a national commodity exchange

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 3, 2008

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In a move aimed at both increasing quality and the amount farmers get paid for their beans, coffee is being traded on the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange.

Replacing the previous, more informal, system of sales through middlemen, farmers will now be able to get direct access to current market prices.

The exchange has set up a network of warehouses to collect the beans.

Dominant crop

The Ethiopian government, which is backing the move, hopes it will prevent fraud, such as traders passing off beans from a lesser growing area as being those from a higher quality region.

Although the largest growers and co-operatives will be able to continue to sell directly to the global coffee firms, everyone else will have to use the electronic exchange.

Set up earlier this year, the exchange already trades in maize, wheat, sesame seeds and haricot beans.

Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee cultivation and the crop continues to account for more than a third of its export earnings.

It earned $525m (£354m) from coffee exports in the 2007-08 financial year.

However, Ethiopia still remains one of the world’s poorest nations, and is ranked 170 out of 177 on the United Nation’s Human Development Index.

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BRAZIL’S ROBUST ECONOMY PROPELS QUEST TO BE GLOBAL PLAYER

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 18, 2008

Published: Nov 11, 2008 05:54 PM Modified: Nov 11, 2008 05:54 PM

by Tyler Bridges, McClatchy Newspapers

BRASILIA, Brazil – For years, critics said that Brazil was long on potential and short on performance. EXAMINING BRAZIL'S EXTERNAL DEBTNot anymore. This massive country has become one of the world’s biggest democracies and an economic powerhouse.

Now Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva wants his nation to have a bigger role in world affairs. He’ll press his case when leaders from the major industrial and developing nations convene Saturday at the G-20 summit in Washington.

Before the meeting, Lula has called on wealthier nations to overhaul the global finance system and give a bigger say to developing countries such as Brazil.

“We need new, more inclusive governance, and Brazil is ready to face up to its responsibilities,” Lula said last Saturday at a meeting of finance ministers and central bank presidents in Sao Paulo. “It is time for a pact between governments to build a new financial architecture for the world.”

In the short term, Brazil wants the smaller G-7 group of industrialized countries to expand to include Brazil and other developing countries, said Amaury de Souza, a political analyst in Rio de Janeiro.

“We want a permanent G-14,” de Souza said, saying that Russia, China, Mexico and India should be among the additions.

Brazil also wants developing nations to have a greater voice at the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the United Nations.

“Global power structures were frozen in the aftermath of World War II,” de Souza added. “Excessive latitude of action was given to European countries.”

Only a few years ago, Brazil’s president wouldn’t have dared to demand a greater role. Hyperinflation, a roller-coaster economy and political instability plagued Brazil in the 1990s.

The country’s stock market plummeted after Lula was elected in 2002. Investors feared the longtime leftist leader, a former auto factory worker who hadn’t graduated from high school.

However, Lula has promoted business investment while putting more money into the hands of the poor. The economy has boomed for three years, propelling millions of Brazilians into the middle class.

With the world’s 10th biggest economy, Brazil has surpassed the United States as the biggest producer of iron ore and coffee. It’s become the world’s biggest exporter of beef, poultry, biofuels and orange juice concentrate, and is rapidly gaining in soybeans, corn and pork.

Brazil also has accumulated $200 billion in foreign reserves, almost as much as the rest of Latin America combined. That money will help cushion the global meltdown

Now, Brazil wants to be recognized for its fiscal track record and to avoid the risks that come with a global economic crisis.

“Brazil has new standing in the world,” said Rubens Barbosa, a private consultant in Brazil who’s served as the ambassador to the United States. “We think we can contribute more.”

Quietly, Brazil already has become the most powerful country in Latin America.

Brazilian companies are expanding Caracas’ subway system, constructing a massive hydroelectric dam in Ecuador and building a highway in Peru that will give Brazilian companies better access to Peru’s ports.

Brazil also has been flexing its diplomatic muscles throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. It leads the main United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti, where it has 1,200 soldiers.

Without fanfare, Lula has undercut the ambitions of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in South America, providing an important counterweight in the eyes of U.S. policymakers.

Lula has undermined Chavez’s dreams of building a 5,000-mile gas pipeline connecting Venezuela and Brazil and has stymied Chavez’s plan for the Bank of the South, meant to provide an alternative to the World Bank.

Now Brazil wants a reward for all its efforts.

“Brazilians view the current economic crisis as something of an opportunity,” said Jeffrey Cason, a political science professor and Brazil expert at Middlebury College in Vermont. “They think they can increase the interest of developed nations in giving them a seat at the table and place Brazil in a leadership position on behalf of poor countries.”

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ZAFRA CAFETALERA MANTIENE UN RITMO POSITIVO EN LA PROVINCIA DE HOLGUÍN (Cuba)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 15, 2008

Jueves, 13 de noviembre de 2008

por Yanela Ruiz

La zafra cafetalera en la provincia mantiene un ritmo positivo, a pesar del déficit de fuerza de trabajo, ocasionado por la desmovilización de unos 2 mil estudiantes, a causa de la amenaza del huracán Paloma.

“Los municipios más afectados fueron Mayarí y Sagua de Tánamo. No obstante la respuesta positiva que dieron las fuerzas internas, se necesita del importante aporte de los educandos en la recogida del aromático grano.

Para suplir esta insuficiencia, se reinicia, en las próximas horas, la subida de estudiantes a las montañas. Ya hoy se deben incorporar dos escuelas”, informó Raciel Aguilera, subdelegado de Café y Forestal.

Puntualizó que se trabaja en la recolección del café Arábigo, que ya termina la cosecha, pero no se cumple el rendimiento planificado. De 205 mil 735 latas sólo se recogieron 184 mil 798.

Sin embargo, con la variedad Robusta, que ya comienza su producción, se mantienen las expectativas, lo cual permitiría llegar al plan. De un estimado de 242 mil 824, ya se han recogido unas 194 mil 239 latas, subrayó.

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MALAWI IDENTIFIES NEW EXPORT MARKET

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 15, 2008

11:12:34 – 14 November 2008

by Caroline Kandiero

Government has secured an outright order of 15,000 metric tons of red beans to export to Cuba as RED BEANSsoon as possible.

Minister of Industry and Trade Henry Mussa said this on Wednesday on his arrival from the country’s 26th International Trade Fair which was held in Havana.

According to Mussa, the hurricanes that were experienced in Cuba destroyed nearly one third of the crops in the country.

“We have been given an outright deal to export to Cuba about 15,000 metric tons of red beans, which is translated to nearly US$12million (K1.9bn),” said Mussa, adding that there is a big export market in Cuba.

He further said apart from the beans export, there was also an agreement that Cuba would assist Malawi with expertise and knowledge to process fruits to improve shelf life after harvest.

Mussa therefore urged all beans farmers to come forward so that government can arrange logistics for the exportation of the beans especially on transportation.

The Minister also said that Cuban government has also offered technical support on the Shire Zambezi water corridor, and the technicians are expected in the country next year.

Principal Secretary in the trade ministry Nebert Nyirenda said Malawi has the capacity to export the beans at the same time have surplus.

“Beans are early maturing and we are not going to export the whole lot at once. We will be exporting in tranches and that will give us room to plant more,” he said.

According to Nyirenda, experts from Cuba are expected in the country to select a variety of their choice.

As a country, Malawi showcased several agricultural commodities which included groundnuts, tea, and coffee among others.

Statistics from the Ministry indicate that the country produces about 34,000 metric tonnes of beans annually.

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COFFEE OFF TO GOOD START IN BRAZIL’S MINAS HILLS

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 14, 2008

Friday November 14 2008

Reuters

by Peter Murphy

POÇOS DE CALDAS, Brazil, Nov 14 (Reuters) – The preparatory stages of the next coffee harvest are Coffee - Robusta flowersoff to a near textbook start in Brazil’s mountainous Poços de Caldas region with timely rains and regular flowering, farmers and buyers said.

The area, which is 1,600 meters above sea level in Minas Gerais, Brazil’s biggest coffee state, turns out around 120,000 60-kg bags per year. Early signs indicate the next harvest will be typical of a lower-output year that follows a big crop like the one just harvested.

“Rains caused very good flowering on some farms. Next year the harvest should start in May instead of July like this year so it will supply the market a bit earlier,” said Luis Alfredo de Almeida, director of Café Poços, a cooperative of 565 growers.

The importance of timely rainfall was seldom clearer than a year ago when a drought reduced what would have been an even bigger crop than the large one harvested and delayed its development by four to six weeks depending on the region.

Rains which arrived around the right time this year caught some farmers harvesting later than usual because of the delay, making it difficult to dry the coffee and preserve quality. A local agronomist said 5 percent of the 2008/09 crop had still to be gathered here.

“It’s better than last year when the dry weather was very long,” said Sandro Dias, manager at a regional office of Cooxupe co-op. “Production will be down because of the biennality of seasons. Everything is quite normal and there is nothing atypical,” he said.

Private weather forecaster Somar has reported good levels of rainfall in the past fortnight and these have been fanning out to some important coffee areas which had stayed worryingly dry. Heavy showers poured down around here most of Thursday night.

PRUNING

After a strong harvest whose final output has yet to be calculated but is estimated at 45 million to 50 million or more 60-kg bags, many farmers have been heavily pruning some of their trees in order to reap higher yields later on.

Last year’s harvest, a lower output year in the biennial cycle of larger and smaller crops, produced about 38 million bags. The International Coffee Organization this week said it foresaw supplies falling below demand in 2009/10, making a good harvest in the world’s top grower all the more critical.

Trees whose branches have been pruned back to near the trunk will produce again during the larger harvest expected the year after next – the 2010/11 season – while some of the trees were reduced to mere stumps to rejuvenate them.

They would not produce fruit again for five or six years.

“We’re pruning to get the trees to produce more. We’re pruning all around here. They will produce well in two years time,” said farm manager Celso Dos Santos as he was followed around the edge of 60 hectare plantation where he showed a sample of now thin-looking trimmed plants.

In the yard, shells that encase the coffee bean and which are stripped off after harvesting lay in a heap decomposing and would be mixed with fertilizer, dos Santos said, to reduce expenditure on chemical inputs which have roughly doubled in price in the last year.

No flowers were visible on coffee trees on plantations visited by Reuters, only the tiny buds, known locally as “chumbinhos” which remain after the flower wilts and develop into coffee cherries. Trees looked healthy with dark green foliage.

The first official crop harvest is due in early December. Growers all over the agricultural power house producing coffee or other crops are lamenting the doubling in fertilizer prices in the last year – and many say the cost is forcing them to skimp on it.

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