Countries updated in this post: Peru
Risk Level: Yellow
Status: All mills must be licensed to operate
COVID19 numbers are still on the rise in Peru. However, this week the government included coffee on its list of essential businesses. This is incredible news for coffee producers, processors, and exporters, who were fearful that the harvest—and the annual income it generates—was in jeopardy.
All mills now have to be licensed to operate, verifying that they are adequately protecting workers and following the government’s strict health and safety guidelines. The Ministry of Production authorized the Peruvian National Police and the Armed Forces to facilitate the movement of workers to/from mills, as well as the transportation of inputs or products linked to their operation. Several Sustainable Harvest producer partners have already submitted licensing applications successfully, receiving the necessary government approval, with most others in the queue.
Although milling and operations will undoubtedly lag due to staggered shifts and social distancing, no significant problems are foreseen for the coming two months. However, once the Peruvian harvest reaches its peak, labor scarcity linked to picking could be a challenge given its typical dependence on Ecuadorean workers. However, local leaders are already working to fill this gap by training higher numbers of local pickers.
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