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TCA considers coffee price dependent on international market demand

TCA considers coffee price dependent on international market demand

Coffee of Timor-Leste

DILI, 14 july 2021 (TATOLI) – Timor Coffee Association (TCA) considers coffee prices if offered not fixed and still depending on the international market demand.

Timor-Leste country is well known for coffee production and one of the best coffee experiences in the world. More than 25% of all households in Timor-Leste grow coffee and there is huge potential to improve production and quality.

The president of the Timor Coffee Association (ACT), Evangelino Monteiro Soares said that key stakeholders representing all segments of Timor-Leste’s coffee industry have come together to form the first professional coffee trade association in the producing origin’s two hundred-year history.

The Timorese farmers this year coffee’s farmers are increasing coffee crops, however the price is offered depending on the international market.

Climate change is one factor consequently affecting coffee prices and influencing the prices is not stable. Thus, the coffee price is dependent on the international market demand.

“The intensification demanding of international market the coffee prices is considering decreases. While the country is in the rainy season and has less coffee product, the international price is increasing. It is without coffee fix prices but depending on international market demand,” the president of Timor Coffee Association (TCA), Evangelino Monteiro Soares told TATOLI Agency, in his office, in Fomento II, Delta Dili this wednesday.

He added that Timor-Leste has various types of coffee and the price is offered based on the coffee types.

The prices of Timorese original coffee in a variant which was bought by Association composed of Cherry coffee the price is offered $0.34 cents for each kilo and dry coffee is $2.15 cents.

Timor Coffee Association (TCA) was established in october 01, 2016 and partnered with some international NGO such as Asian Development Bank (ADB), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Market Development Mechanism (MDF) and among others.

The TCA has 45 permanent staff, who are effectively working on coffee production. Timor-Leste has a large range of coffee plantations in eight municipalities such as Ermera, Aileu, AinarO, Manufahi, Manatutu, Bobonaru, LiQUIÇA and Oe-Cusse.

Beside the Timor Coffee Association, there are some other coffee industry companies in Timor-Leste, namely Cooperativa Café Timor (CCT), Olam, Peace Winds, Parcic, Hayday coffee and others.

Timorese farmers also cultivate varietal crops,  the Hibrido de Timor coffee has also been crossed with the Caturra varietal (Coffee Arabic var. caturra) to produce the Catimor varietal (Coffea Arabica var. catimor), which is also resistant to coffee leaf rust.

The Timorese coffee farmers mostly regret the prices being offered and consider that the prices are not contributing farmers to well developed coffee plantations to increase more products.

Journalist: José Belarmino de Sá

Editor: Rafy Belo

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