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Posted: Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 8:48 AM HST

Coffee production down, higher prices

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Hawaii's coffee farmers saw production go down but prices go up.

According to a government report, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser says bugs and dry weather hurt coffee production, but higher prices offset some of the decline.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service report says coffee farmers statewide produced 7.6 million pounds of beans for sale during the 2011-12 season. That is a 14 percent drop from 8.8 million pounds in the prior season.

However, the report says the average price per pound of coffee paid to farmers rose 9 percent to $4.15 in the recent season from $3.80 in the prior season. The price increase added $2.7 million to total industry sales of $31.5 million.

Sales in the previous season totaled $33.4 million.

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