Coffee quarantine approved on the Big Island

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Board of Agriculture has approved a coffee quarantine on the Big Island.

It's all because of the coffee berry borer, which can devastate coffee crops.

The emergency quarantine will apply to all unroasted beans, to prevent the pest from spreading to other islands.

Farmers will have to treat their beans, either by using heating methods or pesticides.

The quarantine does not apply if they are sending any green beans out of the state.

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