Harvesting coffee: growers hit by roya fungus. Harvesting coffee: growers hit by roya fungus.

Feds allocate 750mn in emergency funds

Aid will be provided to coffee growers in three states

Emergency funds totaling 750 million pesos (US $40 million) have been allocated by the federal government to help coffee producers in Oaxaca, Veracruz and Chiapas.

In Oaxaca, 250 million pesos have been earmarked as well to assist farmers whose sorghum crops have been devastated by yellow aphids.

Coffee growers in that state were hard hit last year by coffee leaf rust, or roya, which damaged more than 70% of production. At least 500 families were left in dire financial straits as a result, producers say, and 100 agrobusinesses were forced to close.

The aid money will help renew coffee plantations, provide technical assistance and improve plant health.

Funds will also help mitigate the effects of yellow aphids on sorghum crops in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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