As Nicaragua tries to sort out its financial troubles following the Civil War, it's been given another blow.
GV EXTERIOR & CU Coffee trees struck by blight (2 shots)
CU `Rust' on leaves of coffee tree
GV SVs Workers preparing chemical solution to spray crop (4 shots)
GV & SV's Workers making way through crops spraying chemicals on affected trees (3 shots)
GV Silo at plantation headquarters.
SV's Coffee beans that have been rescued going through coffee grinder (3 shots)
GV & CU Coffee beans lying in sun drying (2 shots)
GV & SV Plantation workers sweeping up dried coffee beans (2 shots)
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Background: As Nicaragua tries to sort out its financial troubles following the Civil War, it's been given another blow. .... much of the coffee crop. One of the country's main sources of revenue, has been ruined by rust.
The Government of Nicaragua was pinning much hope on this year's coffee crop - which promised a record yield - to help bring the country out of economic turmoil. But rust has attacked many coffee plantations and government workers have rushed in to spray affected crops to try to prevent the blight from spreading. Some one-hundred thousand square metres of crop has been attacked, with coffee worth three million dollars lost so far. Following eighteen months of political turmoil, the cotton and coffee crops, traditionally Nicaragua's largest foreign exchange power, was reduced to a quarter of previous levels. All the money earned from the nineteen-78/79 harvests disappeared with fleeing officials of the Somoza administration and the new Government was determined every effort would be made to bring this year's crop to market.
Despite the country's financial loss, the peasants who tend the crops face additional hardship. The ruined trees will have to be replanted - and they take four years to mature.