Vietnam expects bumper coffee harvest in 2013

robusta  skinnydiverVietnam, the largest grower of robusta beans, is expected to witness a bumper coffee harvest in 2013 with the country receiving an appropriate amount of rainfall this year

The robusta beans have a huge demand in the market with Nestle SA (NESN) using it majorly in its instant drinks. The production of the crop is expected to reach highest level in two years as rain this month ended drought in the Dak Lak province that represents about 30 per cent of output.

A Bloomberg report claimed that production may advance 4.9 per cent to 1.5mn metric tonnes in the 12 months starting October from 1.43mn tonnes a year earlier. This will be the highest since a record 1.65mn tonnes in 2011-2012.

The harvest had been forecast to drop as much as 30 per cent to an eight-year low because of the drought in Dak Lak province.

While rains in Vietnam have tempered concern about production losses from the drought, global supplies of the beans will trail demand this year, Rabobank International said in a report last month.

Mai Ky Van, deputy director at October Coffee-Cocoa One Member said, “There’s regular rain now, however, without the drought, the crop would have been bigger."

The National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting said in May that the Central Highlands region, which includes Dak Lak province, may get more rainfall this month than average. Buon Ma Thuot, the capital of Dak Lak, may receive as much as 300mm (12 inches), compared with the 30 year average of 226mm, it said.

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