30 Apr '13, 8pm

HuffPost: Four Coffee Plantations In Colombia Declared Rust-Free

HuffPost: Four Coffee Plantations In Colombia Declared Rust-Free

The breakthrough is thanks in part to Colombian institutions like Cenicafé, a research organization funded by the Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia (National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia), which HuffPost profiled earlier this year. Many plantations in the regions — Socorro, Paramo, Palmas and Valle de San Jose in Santander, Colombia — planted rust-resistant coffee plant strains developed by Cenicafé, which helped beat the fungus. These regions are the first and only in Latin America to be declared coffee rust-free. In a press release, the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia revealed that more than 88,958 acres (36,000 hectares) in Santander are now coffee rust-free, helping to boost coffee production across Colombia by 26 percent. “It is basically a milestone of the long path,” said Luis Fernando Samper, the organization’s chief communi...

Full article: http://sprudge.com/coffee-rust-away.html

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