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Region's coffee crop could be slashed by a quarter

Monday, February 18, 2013

Central America could lose up to 25 percent of its coffee harvest next year due to the spread of coffee rust. 

The figure shows a loss of 3.4 million bags, out of the 13.8 million expected to be produced by Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, said José Angel Buitrago, president of the regional coffee exporters.

Last year, the region exported 13.6 million bags, which is 12 percent of the world's total production of 113 million bags, according to data form the International Coffee Organization.

Full story (in Spanish)