Bloomberg reports the entomological pest thrips and vegetation disturbances coffee-leaf rust and green-scale infestations are very possible in the East African nation, according to a statement from the Coffee Research Foundation in the Daily Nation newspaper.
"Coffee farmers are advised to perform regular pest surveys in their farms to monitor thrips population and take appropriate measures," states the Kenya-based organization's message.
At 2 p.m. on Friday, coffee futures dipped 0.73 percent, a 0.0195 cent slip to $2.6365 per pound.
Thrips are an entomological pest that attack the leaves, buds, flowers and fruits as nourishment. Should crops fall under heavy infestation, the plants are likely to wilt prematurely, experience a delayed development and have a postponed fruit shedding.
Production of coffee from Kenya is likely to decrease as well. Last year the nation's output was 45,000 tons yet the Kenya Coffee Board forecast 40,000 metric tons for this season.
MSN reports the price of coffee futures is likely to be influenced by reduced production in Brazil.
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