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Kona coffee growers worry about harmful invasive beetle

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By Jim Mendoza - bio | email 

KONA, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - On the Big Island, about 150 Kona coffee growers worried about an invasive pest -- met with the state agriculture department and a UH entomologist.

The farmers want to know what to do about the coffee berry beetle. The harmful bug has been found on several coffee farms in Kona. The beetle bores into the coffee cherry, lays its eggs, and eats the bean.

An infestation of beetles can ruin a crop.

Monday afternoon, a UH tropical agriculture specialist told the farmers what to look for and what steps might lessen the beetle's impact.

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