August 24, 2017 / 8:00 PM / in 10 months

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

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.

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

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

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