Business Alliance Stops Rust Blight in Nicaragua

A working alliance with the company Cisa-Exportadora has provided funding and technical assistance which enabled them to successfully combat the fungus in their coffee trees.

Friday, June 14, 2013

About 20% of producers which make up the partnership have certification from Starbucks, AAA Nespresso and UTZ, which besides providing the best prices also avoid damaging the environment. Cisa-Exportadora has provided funding and technical assistance in exchange for the sale of crops, especially to small producers who can not access credit from the banking system.

"$30 per quintal of husked coffee is given to producers who have technically advanced coffee plantations, $28 to those who manage planting in a semi-technical form and $24 to those using traditional management. That does not mean that the producer has now sold his quintal. This is a loan that we give out, and when it is sold they pay us the equivalent of the money released and we refund the difference", said the head of the agency El Tuma-La Dalia, at Cisa Exportadora, Sergio Garcia.

Juan Agustin Herrera, who grows coffee in eight hectares in the district La Mora, said that despite the rust they collected about 300 quintals of husked coffee in the harvest just gone, unlike other harvests where performance has been between 50 and 60 quintals per hectare.

"In the area of ​​El Tuma-La Dalia 127,000 quintals were collected, a figure similar to previous years, because over there there are producers with yields of up to eighty quintals per hectare of husked coffee. For the next harvest the goal is to collect 150,000 quintals in this area," Garcia said

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