A new F1 hybrid coffee variety called Starmaya may forever change the coffee breeding landscape by dramatically improving producers’ access to higher-yielding, disease-resistant and high-quality seeds, according to a recent announcement from the nonprofit World Coffee Research. The group said Starmaya — developed through a collaboration between the global agroindustrial development and trading firm ECOM and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) — is the first F1 hybrid ever propagated by seed, rather than through biotechnology in a lab, marking a potential sea change in accessible coffee breeding.
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Brazilian coffee merchants restated their ability to meet demand, even as data showed the country, coming close to losing top rank in exports to Vietnam – at least, temporarily – as robusta shipments fell to a multi-year low. Nelson Carvalhaes, president of exporters’ group Cecafé, said that Brazil’s ability to ship “close to 2.5m bags” of coffee last month, despite it bringing the carnival holidays “proves our competence to meet demand”.
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Colombian coffee production reached multi-decade highs in February, as growers reaped rewards from a long-term replanting initiative aimed at cutting plantations’ vulnerability to the dangerous rust fungus. Colombia produced 1.29m 60-kg bags of arabica coffee in February, national coffee growers’ group Fedecafe said.
This is an increase of 18% year-on-year, and the biggest February production number in 35-years.
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Robusta coffee futures set course for a soft end to a positive week as ideas of rain in Brazil countered support to values from renewed strength in the real, and a hold-off by Vietnamese growers. London-traded robusta futures for May stood down 0.7% at $2,177 a tonne in late deals – although still up 4% for the week, and holding just above their 50-day moving average, which they regained in the last session.
New York arabica futures dropped in line, by 0.8% to 143.15 cents a pound for May delivery.
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