Coffee: Pest and Disease Alert

Because of the rains generated in Central American countries by Hurricane Eta, authorities warn that coffee plantations could be threatened by the spread of pests or diseases.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) of El Salvador issued recommendations for coffee growers to avoid the spread of diseases on their farms, such as rust fungus and anthracnose.

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A statement from MAG highlights that in low and medium altitude areas, systemic fungicide should be applied for rust control after the rainy season ends. In areas of strict altitude, continue with the plan of rust control.

The document explains that "... in areas of strict altitude, observe if there is presence of Phoma or "Ojo de Gallo" diseases and apply the respective fungicide. After the rainy period, make a sampling to prevent diseases in the farm."

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Omar Flores, president of the Salvadoran Coffee Association (Acafesal), explained to Elmundo.sv that "... excessive rainfall can cause the ripe coffee bean (red) to fall, as well as the one in the process of ripening (yellow). But the biggest risk for the sector is that if intense rains occur, conditions will be created that will increase the rust fungus and an anthracnose attack will occur."

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