Guatemala Coffee Institute Declares Emergency Over Rust Disease

The Guatemalan National Coffee Association declared a state of emergency due to the spread of rust disease, which will generate losses of as much as 40 percent of the 2013-2014 national harvest, association President Nils Leporowski said.

Leaf rust, also called roya, will result in losses of 15 percent of the 2012-2013 national harvest, Leporowski said in a telephone interview. A state of emergency was declared today by the Guatemalan National Coffee Association, known as Anacafe, which is working with the government to create a strategy to combat the fungus, he said.