Peru: Coffee production to grow by this year despite climate phenomenon

The Agriculture and Irrigation Minister Juan Manuel Benites estimated the farming sector will grow by 2.5% this year despite the likely presence of El Niño.

"I see the year 2015 as a positive one despite the threat posed by El Niño Phenomenon. That is why I think, the sector will [economically] expand between 2-2.5% this year; the outcome is linked to the recovery of important cultivations such as coffee," he told.

In this sense, the coffee production would increase by 20%, if compared to 2014, Benites estimated.

"The production [...] will grow by 20% boosted by the renovation of coffee plantations, technical training, financial support and high price situation," he expressed.

The Ministry has spent about S/.55 million (about US$17.46 million) on the contingency plan to mitigate the impacts of the climate phenomenon, he indicated.  Acccording to the Minister, the phenomenon impact will be mild on the sector.