Published: Sunday 30 November 1997

Fierce storms and rains have affected Guatemala's coffee cultivation. The vice-president of the National Coffee Association, William Strixrud said that two weeks of incessant rains had damaged about 200,000 bags of an estimated 3.3 million bags for the 1997-98 harvest. "The effects are irreversible. The rains have destroyed the mature coffee," said a coffee grower.

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