A fungal disease called coffee rust is affecting 70% of coffee crops in Guatemala and other coffee producing countries. I’ve never heard of coffee rust before, but it is an interesting story. Stuart Wilde www.stuartwilde.com
Central American coffee plantations are facing a serious challenge. Nearly 70 percent of coffee fields in Guatemala are affected by fungal infection called coffee rust. President of the Republic Otto Perez Molina introduced a state of emergency in the country. Guatemala’s national disaster threatens to turn into trouble for residents of other countries as well.
Central America has long been sounding alarm in relation to coffee plants’ disease. Guatemala is the third country that declared a state of emergency due to the massive nature of coffee rust disease. Earlier, the emergency situation was introduced in Honduras and Costa Rica. Coffee is the main export item for the most countries in Central America. The majority of the countries located in this part of the world are agricultural, and coffee is the main crop. Nearly half of the total working population of Guatemala is employed in agriculture. The state budget will allocate $14 million to fight coffee rust. For Guatemala, whose GDP is about $47 billion, it is a very large sum. The funds will be used to purchase pesticides.