President Otto Molina Perez also has ordered the release of more than $14 million to aid coffee growers.
He says the funds are aimed at helping 60,000 small farmers to buy pesticides and to teach them how to prevent the disease and stop it from spreading.
Molina said Friday that the pesticides will start being applied to coffee plants in April and that two more applications will be needed during the year.
Coffee rust is currently affecting plantations in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica.
MORE HBJ HEADLINES
Last Mitsubishi MRJ test plane enters final assembly Fiat Chrysler settlement with govít could prove costly Greece readies for bailout talks as Plan B details revealed As Fed meets, it edges toward its first rate hike since 2006 US appeals court rejects apartheid cases against Ford, IBM Canceled Utah race renews fears of shrinking salt flats
Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.