Worrying trend for coffee industry

There is more worrying news regarding the state of Jamaica's coffee industry.

Senator Norman Grant, managing director of the Mavis Bank Coffee Factory, revealed on Thursday that data received from the Coffee Industry Board at the end of last month show a fall in production.

Total production of Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Berry was estimated at 145,000 boxes. The estimated production to the end of July 2013 ranges from 175,000 to180,000 boxes, a 15 per cent decline from the previous crop.

The decline has been linked to the passage of Hurricane Sandy and the outbreak of the coffee leaf rust disease. As a result the sector will lose an estimated US$5 million in revenue.

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