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20,000 jobs under threat, says Puerto Rico farming association | World Coffee Press

Up to 20,000 jobs could be lost  if the Puerto Rican government continues to dictate minimum pricing structures, says Edwin Soto, the president of the Puerto Rico Association of Farmers.

At the moment, the island’s Consumer Affairs Department (commonly referred to as DACO) have decreed that local roasters must may at least $379 per 100kg of domestically produced coffee.

 However, if these roasters are to look further afield and import beans, they are mandated to pay at least $322.

Obviously, there is a strong financial argument for the roasters to solely import their beans rather than acquire them through local avenues as it would save them $57 per 100kg – by no means a small amount.

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