Initial evaluations made by the National Coffee Association's (Anacafé) technical team due to the eruption of the Pacaya volcano and tropical storm Agatha show reports of various damages to the coffee areas, as of today, estimated at a loss of 121.924 60 kilo bags of coffee which will cause an impact on the 2010-2011 exportable crop.
The volcanic activity that began on Thursday, May 27th, caused scattered rocks, ash, gravel and volcanic sand in the coffee areas surrounding the municipalities of San Vicente Pacaya, Amatitlán and Villa Canales.
In San Vicente Pacaya, damaged coffee trees were found, with lacerated leaves with burned coffee cherries. This municipality reported the most significant damage for coffee trees.
Tropical Storm Agatha caused landslides in the passageway infrastructure and internal roads that lead to the productive areas, leaving coffee municipalities of the departments of San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, Retalhuleu, Suchitepéquez, Sololá, Santa Rosa, Jutiapa, Jalapa and Las Verapaces without communication.
In addition to infrastructure damages, flooding is reported in the coffee areas of the departments of Escuintla, Chimaltenango, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala and El Progreso as well as in wet mill facilities.
The coffee production area occupies 2.5% of the Guatemalan territory, equivalent to 2.760 square kilometers.