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Government taps RD$154.0M to fight coffee leaf rust

Santo Domingo.- The government yesterday said the control of coffee leaf rust (Hemileia vastatrix) on all farms in the country is of national interest, and named a commission to work to eradicate the disease that harms around 58% of the coffee bean crops.

Executive Order 101-13 3 sets aside RD$154.0 million for programs to tackle the disease over the next eight months.

Agriculture minister Luis Ramon Rodriguez chairs the commission which also includes coffee mogul Rafael Perello, Jose Antonio Martinez, Jesus Portela and José Núñez Fermin.

In a National Palace press conference after meeting with president Danilo Medina, Rodriguez said the country has millions of hectares of coffee plantations, for which seeds of rust resistant plants will be brought from Brazil, Colombia and Costa Rica.

Source: DT

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