Coffee output in Central America and Mexico, which account for 14 percent of the world’s bean output, may fall as a disease affecting foliage spreads.
Guatemala may lose a third of its crop because of leaf rust, President Otto Perez Molina said Thursday 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 Davos. Coffee exports from Honduras will be down 767,000 bags due to leaf rust also called roya, the Honduras Coffee Institute, or Ihcafe, said. Coffee production in Mexico and Central America will be 2.8 percent lower than the previous forecast of 20.3 million bags.News Tribune news services