By Jean Guerrero /DJ news
El Salvador is giving thousands of coffee producers pesticides, fertilizer
and other tools to combat a coffee-eating fungus known as roya that has
spread to nearly half of the country's plantations, the Salvadoran Coffee
Council said Monday.
The council said between 40% and 50% of the country's coffee-cultivated land
is seeing an unusually aggressive roya attack, and that the government is
subsidizing productivity-boosting products to help offset some of
Roughly 5,000 of the country's 20,000 coffee producers
are expected to benefit. The council said this is the first time the
government has intervened on such a widespread level in the coffee
The Central American country still expects production during the current
2012-2013 season that began Oct. 1 and runs through September of
next year to yield 1.4 million 60-kilogram bags of coffee, up 22% from last
But in 2013-2014, production will likely drop as a result of the fungus,
which causes the leaves of coffee plants to fall, resulting in long-term
damage. The council said it is too early to emit a forecast.
7/24/2013 04:50:01 pm
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