Peru coffee harvest to rise 13 percent this year: industry group

A woman selects coffee beans at a farm in the San Martin region, July 4, 2016. REUTERS/Janine Costa

LIMA (Reuters) - Peruvian farmers will likely harvest some 300,000 tonnes of coffee this year, 13 percent more than in 2016, the country’s main coffee association said on Thursday.

About three quarters of this year’s estimated harvest was grown in the first half of the year, said the National Coffee Board.

Peru’s coffee exports should total about $820 million by the end of 2017, the board added in a statement.

Peru’s coffee production lags far behind neighboring Colombia and Brazil, but it has carved out a niche of organic and specialty coffees.

Reporting By Mitra Taj; Editing by Marguerita Choy