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Posted: Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 9:20 AM HST

Coffee borer beetle damaging crop

By Associated Press

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) A Hawai`i Island coffee grower says damage from the coffee borer could end up jeopardizing the region's position in the global coffee market.
The coffee borer was first found in West Hawai`i in September of 2010. Tom Greenwell of Greenwell Farms Inc. says at that time, green bean coffee dropped off for processing was of
a higher quality than it is now. About 22 percent was graded extra fancy. He says in the 2012-2013 season, none of the green bean coffee could be graded extra fancy. Greenwell is encouraging coffee growers to work together to combat the beetle, as well as
deter processors from purchasing highly infested cherry. He says in the meantime the market for green bean coffee remains strong.

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