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28/03/2018

The advance of coffee rust puts Costa Rica's coffee-producing regions at risk

The recurrence of fungus threatens 14,500 coffee producers. The Ministry is considering declaring a phytosanitary emergency in the affected areas.

A plant affected by coffee rust

The incidence of coffee rust has increased, threatening production in three regions that account for 28% of Costa Rica's coffee crop.

In the areas of Pérez Zeledón, Coto Brus and Turrialba, the fungus has already affected nearly half of the 30,000 hectares of coffee crops. These areas produce 515,000 of the 1.8 million bushels produced in the country (one bushel is approximately equivalent to 46 kilograms of the grain).

On Monday, March 26th, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG according to its acronym in Spanish) and the Costa Rica Coffee Institute (Icafé) confirmed a new outbreak in the fruit's early ripening phase for the 2018-2019 harvest.

Please note that this article was not originally written in this language.
This article is incomplete. Click here to read the full text from its original source, La Nación Costa Rica
Photo Credit: Richard (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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