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Invasive coffee pest spreads around Hawaii

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Hawaiian coffee beans under threat. Image by Brandon Shea / CC BY-SA 2.0

An invasive insect called the coffee berry borer that coffee growers have struggled with for years on the Big Island of Hawaii has spread to other parts of the state. First affecting just growers in South Kona back in 2010, the pest soon spread around the island, and the Hawaii Department of Agriculture set up quarantine protocols to maintain the pest. Last week the borer was found in O’ahu, and now coffee farmers are asking officials to lift the quarantine. The quarantine has previously made coffee trade between the islands difficult, but now that the pest has been found in O’ahu, farmers are hoping that lifting the quarantine will establish new markets in the highly competitive industry. Read more: westhawaiitoday.com