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Is the Honduran coffee boom over?

From the May 2013 issue.

A former poster child for renovation efforts, Honduras saw its coffee production jump 2.5 million 60-kilogram bags in a decade. Rust disease, however, has hit the country hard, and the days of good news may soon be over.

HondurasIt was all going so well for the Honduran coffee industry. After the last record harvest, which surpassed even the most conservative forecasts, some analysts had started suggesting the country could hit 6 or even 6.5 million bags in the 2012-13 crop year, up from 5.5 million in 2011-12.

Although a little too optimistic, considering the fact that many new planted areas weren’t set to start production, it shows the hope seen in this Central American nation.

Then came rust leaf disease, which hit Central America this year with an estimated half a billion dollars in revenue loss, and around 441,000 direct job losses. Honduras, sadly, has not been spared. The country has been hit just as hard as Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua, which have borne the brunt of the onslaught.

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