TODAY NICARAGUA – Cultivation of the robusta has been authorized in seven departments in the Pacific and in the autonomous regions of the Northern and Southern Caribbean, except in the municipality of Waslala.
Finally, and after months of waiting, Nicaragua has been given permission to extensively plant the variety of robusta coffee, which so far had been kept at limited levels, and has generated controversy over the possibility that it might represent competition for the cultivation of Arabica coffee.
The president of the Union of Agricultural Producers in Nicaragua (UPANIC), Michael Healy said that now that the cultivation of this variety has been authorized he hopes they will initially planted about 5,000 hectares, which will generate more than 550 million pounds of robusta coffee whose price per hundredweight is estimated at $100. The yield per acre will reach 110 hundredweight.”
“The resolution makes clear that ‘this variety (robusta coffee) can not be established in areas above 400 meters above sea level, and not less than 30 kilometers away from where arabica coffee is grown,” said La Prensa. com.ni.