Central America does battle with coffee fungus

Thursday, January 24th, 2013No Comments

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Costa Rica Coffee Harvest Down 10%

Mother Nature has dealt Central America a lousy hand. Earthquakes, floods and hurricanes of biblical proportions have battered the isthmus over the years, but the latest natural disaster is a botanical one.

A plague known as “coffee rust” has hit the region’s top-quality arabica crop. Central America is scrambling to contain the coffee-eating fungus that has invaded a third of the impoverished region’s crops, threatening to cost the vital industry hundreds of millions of dollars.The Costa Rica national coffee harvest amount for the 2012-2013 period will fall by at least 9.8%, primarily due to the impact of the rust fungus.

“The entire coffee region is affected, some more than others,” Marcelino Samayo, director general of El Salvador’s coffee exporters’ association.
Panama, Honduras Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica are reporting up to 30% of crops are affected in their respective countries.

Governments and producers will try to contain the invasion by pruning infected leaves, putting up effective shading systems and planting fungus-resistant seeds to replace dead coffee plants, said Nicaraguan Agriculture Minister Ariel Bucardo.

Ron Buchanan has written a short and sweet blog post at the Financial Times that explains the situation.


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