A New Low-Cost Method of Harvesting Coffee in High-Yielding Plantations

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Vicente-Chandler, J., Silva, S., & Abruña, F. (1969). A New Low-Cost Method of Harvesting Coffee in High-Yielding Plantations. The Journal of Agriculture of the University of Puerto Rico, 53(4), 259–267. https://doi.org/10.46429/jaupr.v53i4.11141


A new, simple method for harvesting coffee in intensively managed, high-yielding plantations is described. Long-lasting plastic netting is laid between coffee rows. Berries dropping on the netting are collected about every 6 weeks and processed by a simple modification of the current system. Quality of the coffee produced is equivalent to that of Brazilian "Santos". This new method reduces labor requirements for harvesting to less than one-third, and increases yields of harvested coffee by over 50 percent as compared with the current system, by reducing field losses of coffee. Net profit is increased 2 1/2 times to over $500 per acre yearly with wages of $8 daily. Cost of the netting is $400 per acre. Government credit or subsidies are suggested to help defray this initial cost.


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