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Wednesday, February 3, 1999 Published at 20:57 GMT

World: Americas

Colombia's coffee sector at risk from quake

Colombian officials are warning that urgent action is needed to save the coffee harvest following last month's earthquake.

Although coffee plantations survived the tremors, many warehouses and processing plants were destroyed.

The head of the national coffee federation Jorge Cardenassaid these needed to be repaired in the next two months to avoid losing the first harvest of the year.

In response, the government has announced that some forty-million dollars will be invested in the sector.

The earthquake ,which killed more than a thousand people, caused widespread damage across five coffee-growing states.Colombia is the world's second-biggest coffee producer after Brazil.

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