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Officials and farmers prepare to battle Coffee Berry Borer

State officials received confirmation on the presence of the Coffee Berry Borer (CBB) this past week and have been working to come up with a solution to battle the pest.
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By Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

State officials received confirmation on the presence of the Coffee Berry Borer (CBB) this past week and have been working to come up with a solution to battle this pest. The insect is threatening the Kona Coffee industry and coffee plants throughout the state should it spread beyond the Big Island.

The state Department of Agriculture is investigating how widespread the CBB is on the Big Island and have not had any reports of it being found on other islands. Big Island coffee farms face the task of pest control along with the threat of a quarantine of coffee plants.

Officials from the State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture along with the UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources held a public meeting Monday (Sept 13) to address this issue.

The meeting explained what the Coffee Berry Borer is and what the farmers can do to control the pest.

Coffee Berry Borer info page here

Illustration courtesy of the USDA

Below is an updated handout (9/20/10) from the meeting on controlling the CBB by Elsie Burbano of CTAHR.

* NOTE: THE HANDOUT INFORMATION HAS BEEN REMOVED AT THE REQUEST OF ELSIE BURBANO OF CTAHR. UPDATED INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO HAWAII WILL BE RELEASED AND POSTED HERE. MAHALO FOR YOUR PATIENCE. *

Photo 1. Broca trap

Photo 1. Broca trap.

Photo 2. Coffee berry borers infected with the fungal entomopathogen Beauveria bassiana. Credits: Left, A. Ramírez, Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture; Right, F. Posada (Vega et al. 2009).

Photo 2. Coffee berry borers infected with the fungal entomopathogen Beauveria bassiana. Credits: Left, A. Ramírez, Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture; Right, F. Posada (Vega et al. 2009).

Photo 3. Coffee Berry Borer entering the fruit.

Photo 3. Coffee Berry Borer entering the fruit.

3 Responses to “Officials and farmers prepare to battle Coffee Berry Borer”

  1. Jersey says:

    Borrrrring! Get it, bore-ing? LOL!!!!!!!!

  2. patrick says:

    How do you make a CBB trap? What is the design and what is it baited with?

    • lip says:

      as you can see it is made up of 2L empty bottle of soft drink, just cut 4″X4″ from it side and put a methyl: ethyl ratio of 1:3 in a vail and hang the vail inside the plastic container. put soapy water or cooking oil inside the bottle and thats it… killing time:)

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