Come picking season, many planters with pulpers do face this question; Should I Pulp ??
Will pulping and converting my coffee to parchment be remunerative ? Cherry prices look attractive, therefore is pulping my coffee worth it ? Your Executive Committee members had a series of discussions on the above subject and thought it would be prudent to share some of our views on available statistics with our members to put things in perspective. These views are personal and all figures have been obtained from members estates, hence may vary from other members.
Market prices considered RP 7000 RC 3500
Assuming a planter picks a total of 1000 Kgs of Robusta fruit on his estate, the following options are available to him.
Option 1 : Cherry Coffee
1,000 Kgs will yield 450 Kgs of cherry or 9 Bags
Market realization : 450 x Rs.70 = Rs.31,500.
Pros – Lower picking cost, ease of operation ;
Cons – Needs more space, drying can be tedious in inclement weather.
Option 2 : Outsource
Sell the 1,000 Kgs., of fruit to any buyer / company
Market realization : 1000 x 30 = Rs.30,000.
Pros – Ease of operation, no work required ;
Cons – No commodity for speculation on price.
Option 3 : Pulp
1,000 Kgs., can be taken through the pulping route.
1,000 Kgs., will have.
- 760 Kgs., of ripe which will give us 190 Kgs., of Parchment.
- 160 Kgs., of green which will give us 67 Kgs., of Cherry.
- 80 Kgs., of float which will give us 28 Kgs. of cherry.
Market realization will be
RP 190 x 140 = 26600 ; RC 67 + 28 = 95 x 70 = 6650 = Total : 33,250.
Pros – Less space required, fruit skin for organic matter
Cons – High capital cost, operational costs, more rules to abide by.
The realizations can change on a daily basis depending on price, this exercise is based on notional prices.