Colombia plans to increase its annual coffee production by almost 29 percent to 18 million 60-kg bags, thanks to crop renovation and the replacement of coca crops with coffee beans in once conflict-ridden areas, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Thursday.
The government plans to renovate some 100,000 hectares of coffee plantations a year until 2024, Santos said. Alongside industry group the National Federation of Coffee Growers, it will also seek to move hundreds of families from growing coca crops to coffee.
The U.N. said in July that lands being used to cultivate coca in Colombia grew 52 percent last year to 146,000 hectares. Coca leaves are the base ingredient for cocaine.