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Coffee Leaf Rust Threatens Production in Central America

Coffee growing nations in Central America will need $300 million to fight a disease spreading in the region and reducing crops, said Nils Leporowski, president of Guatemala’s National Coffee Association, known as Anacafe.

Guatemala, Central America’s second-biggest coffee grower, may lose a third of its crop because of leaf rust, President Otto Perez Molina said yesterday in Davos, Switzerland. The crop in Costa Rica may be 30 percent to 40 percent smaller because of the fungus, President Laura Chinchilla said in a separate interview in Davos. Coffee exports from Honduras, the region’s biggest grower, will be down 767,000 bags due to leaf rust, also called roya, the Honduran Coffee Institute said.