Farm takes steps to control coffee berry borer

Published On: Nov 04 2013 12:05:22 PM HST
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HILO, Hawaii -

A Hilo farmer who discovered coffee berry borers in his orchard is going public in hopes of checking the spread of the invader on the east side of the Big Island.

Troy Keolanui says borers can be controlled and the farm is spraying orchards with a natural fungus shown to control the pest.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the invasive African beetle has damaged crops in Kona and Kau.

The state Department of Agriculture doesn't reveal businesses where the beetle is found to encourage farmers to seek help controlling them.

Keolanui is co-owner of OK Farms Hawaii. He says transparency is the best way for Hawaii Isle farmers to fight coffee berry borers.

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