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Mutant disease threatens Guatemala's coffee crop

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A mutant strain of one of the world’s most devastating coffee diseases is attacking crops in Guatemala, putting farmers on high alert for a wider outbreak across Central America.

It is a big worry for gourmet coffee roasters who rely on arabica coffee grown in the mountains or on slopes of steep volcanoes.

Together, Central America and Mexico produce around a fifth of the world’s arabica.

Nearly 40 per cent of Guatemala’s roughly 677,000 acres of planted coffee land has been affected by the disease, stated Anacafé, Guatemala's coffee growers' association.

Source: CTV