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Maui farms brace for destructive coffee beetles to arrive

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Coffee growers on Maui are bracing for a destructive beetle to eventually make its way to the island.

The coffee berry borer has been wreaking havoc on the Big Island for years. The pest made its way to Oahu in December.

MauiGrown Coffee President Kimo Falconer says he's ready for when the beetle gets to Maui at some point.

The Maui News reported Tuesday preventative measures include some farms restricting access to their orchards.

Falconer says his farm checks traps regularly and has trimmed back trees that are close to roads.

Maui Coffee Association President Sydney Smith says some farms that used to offer tours no longer do so.

The beetle bores into the coffee cherry and its larvae feed on the coffee bean, reducing its yield and quality.

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