Renewal key to reviving coffee sector
Santo Domingo.- A coffee expert from Colombia says that renewal and creation of varieties that are resistant to the Roya disease is the ideal way to revive the country’s coffee crop, until a totally new coffee plantation is achieved.
Agronomist Carlos Mario Jaramillo from the National Coffee Growers Federation of Colombia said that the strategy that needs to be followed is one of renovation, and the longer this is delayed, the worse the situation will become.
He added that the policy being applied by the Dominican Coffee Council (CODOCAFE) for recovering the coffee crop is the most appropriate and is essential for the country as it has great potential for coffee production.
Jaramillo was speaking during a tour of several plantations and discussions with the country’s coffee farmers and authorities from the sector.
Meanwhile, the CODOCAFE executive director, engineer José Fermín Núñez said that this event was organized in order to help producers make the best investment decisions for choosing the varieties for renewing the plantations.
Jaramillo said that the sector and the coffee farmers appeared to be well disposed toward finding and making changes, but in order to achieve these changes the solution is to achieve total renewal of these plantations.
He added that the most viable, cost-effective and easy to adopt alternative for the producers is the use of Roya-resistant varieties.
Engineer Carlos Mario Jaramillo is the National Coordinator of the Special Coffee Program as well as leading Rural Development Projects in Colombia’s Coffee Growing Areas.
August 26, 2015
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