February 4th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Representatives of the Central American Organization of Coffee Exporters (Orceca) estimate that losses due to the fungal infection known as coffee rust would run 4 million quintals, or 184 million kilos, of coffee in Central America and called on governments to join forces.
The most affected country is Honduras with 82.8 million kilos, followed Guatemala, with 29.9 million kilos; Nicaragua, 27.6 million kilos, El Salvador, 18.4 million kilos; Costa Rica, 11.5 million kilos, and Panama, 2.7 million kilos.
To date, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Costa Rica have already declared states of emergency that allows them to receive public and private funds and donations.
The Coffee Institute of Costa Rica says that the most affected areas in Costa Rica are Perez Zeledon and Coto Brus.
Costa Rica’s local coffee growers have reported a 20% loss of their crop.
The regional situation will be discussed at the next meeting of regional agriculture ministers, which will take place in Costa Rica, on February 18th and 19th.