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Coffee rust could wipe out next crop cycle

Monday, April 8, 2013

The coffee rust fungus that has swept across Central America could potentially leave the region without any harvest at all for the next cycle, said the International Coffee Organization.

Guatemala is the most affected, with losses of up to $270 million, while the government has declared state of emergency.

However, the real effects of the plague would be seen in the next coffee harvest, where losses could easily reach 40 percent, said the ICO chief of operations, Mauricio Galindo.

Full story (in Spanish)