One of the majors Nicaraguan newspapers, “El Nuevo Diario”, published today about the hard situation the Nicaraguan coffee is going through. According to this paper, the coffee growing in Nicaragua has now another enemy than the rust fungus: the lack of manpower. Now still remains to be harvest up to 45% of grain production in the 2012-2013 cycle. Farmers and industry professionals warn it can provoke millionaire economic losses.
“Investments are leaving, the coffee is falling and the quality is losing. Nicaragua has a bigger problem than the rust, we have 40 to 45% of the crop still in the bushes and there are no people to pick it up” warned Henry Hüeck, one of the most important coffee producers of the country.
According to producers, the lack of manpower in the coffee is due to several reasons, among which are mentioned the migration of lot of people to Costa Rica and the heavy rains which doesn’t stop in the north of the country. It prevents the cutters to go and pick up the ripe coffee.