Farmers in the Andean nation gathered 1.01 million bags of 60 kilograms (132 pounds) last month, the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation said in a statement e-mailed today. Production from the start of the 2013-14 season in October through to January was 34 percent higher, at 4.3 million bags, than the same period in the previous marketing year.
Output gains followed a program to renovate plantations started in 2008. Younger and disease-resistant trees were crucial in raising productivity per hectare (2.47 acres).
Arabica coffee futures traded in New York fell 23 percent last year partly on speculation that rising production in Colombia would compensate for a crop reduction in Central American nations, which are battling leaf rust disease. Prices fell for three consecutive years, the longest slump since 1993.
Colombian exports rose 30 percent in January to 967,000 bags, while shipments from October through January advanced 37 percent to 3.9 million bags.
Brazil is the biggest producer of arabica beans.
Source: Bloomberg.com, 2-5-2014