Coffee Rust: Official Damage Count

Central America's losses in the 2012-2013 harvest have been estimated at 20%, with a cost of about $500 million.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

From a statement by the Central American Agricultural Council (CAC):

The Ministers of Agriculture in Central America and the Dominican Republic have agreed to implement, as a priority, a program of regional rust attention in order to concentrate the efforts of governments, and international and regional organizations to ensure a comprehensive approach to the problem that has affected more than 50% of the coffee sector in the region.

According to the Cooperative Program for the Technological Development and Modernization of Coffee (PROMECAFE), the regional 2012-20013 harvest losses are estimated at 20% at a cost of nearly $500 million. The Regional International Health Organization (OIRSA) reported that there have been affectations of rust outbreak from Mexico to Colombia. The Regional International Health Organization (OIRSA) reported that there have been affectations of rust outbreak from Mexico to Colombia.

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Nicaraguan Coffee, The Hardest Hit By Rust

February 2014

Of the major producers in the region, Nicaragua was the most affected, having exported 64% less in the first four months of the harvest.

Except for Brazil coffee exports from nine countries in Latin America fell by 8% during the first four months of the harvest which began in October compared with the same period of the previous cycle. Nicaragua was the most affected with a fall of 64 % in sales of the grain.

Central America Loses 3.7 million Quintals of Coffee

January 2013

Losses caused by the rust disease in Honduras amount to 1.8 million bags, 650,000 quintals in Guatemala, 600,000 in Nicaragua, 400,000 in El Salvador, 200,000 in Costa Rica and 60,000 in Panama.

Those are the estimates of the Central American Organization of Coffee Exporters (ORCECA), who was unwilling to speculate on how much income the region would not receive because of declining exports.

Consequences of Rust in Central America

January 2013

$300 million will be required for pest control alone, and more than $1 billion to renovate the plantations that have been affected.

The figures which have been gathered unofficially indicated that in excess of 1.7 million quintals of coffee have been destroyed by the fungus known as rust in Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador.

Serious Problems in Nicaraguan Coffee Sector

November 2012

Rust and anthracnose are affecting the coffee plantations in several of the country’s regions, with an estimated loss of 10% in the current crop.

The disease known as coffee rust has increased in various departments and the plantations in Estelí, Madriz, Nueva Segovia, Jinotega, Matagalpa and Boaco, are affected. Some producers from Las Segovias estimated losses of up to 10% of their harvest.

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