In 2022, both the business sector and the population in general benefited from the measures implemented by the government to expedite the passage of goods across borders and reduce the operating costs of companies, which allowed Salvadoran products to compete in international markets.
In this scenario, coffee has been one of the most competitive products abroad, thanks to the promotion of incentives for associations and marketing, which has allowed the sector to access non-reimbursable resources for technical assistance and business plans, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.
The resources, delivered throughout the year through non-refundable vouchers, encouraged the adoption of climate-smart technologies and fostered the implementation of diversified agroforestry systems among small coffee producers.
The vouchers have also allowed the renewal of coffee trees in the six coffee-growing mountain ranges of the country, increasing production volumes, improving the quality of the grain, and increasing the economic income of small coffee growers.
Initially, there were 171 small coffee farmers who received the vouchers for the seedlings in accordance with the Comprehensive Farm Plan Program, which considers not only production but also the altitude of the land and climatic conditions to guarantee the proper use of resources.
“As long as we have agriculture, we will have food.” Recovering the sector is complex; we are advancing with projects like this, in which we are going to invest, with the help of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), $45 million to renovate 10,500 manzanas of agroforestry coffee systems”, indicated in previous dates in the MAG.
These impulses to the sector have allowed, according to data from the Central Reserve Bank (BCR), the country to export $185 million between January and October of this year, obtaining a growth of 56.3% compared to the same period in 2021.
In addition, the institution registered more than 766,000 quintals sold during the first 10 months of this year, or 12.8% more than what was sold the previous year.