Federal government releasing $1M to fight coffee pest

Federal government releasing $1M to fight coffee pest

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - The federal government is releasing $1 million to help coffee farmers in Hawaii and Puerto Rico battle an invasive beetle.

West Hawaii Today reports the money will be used to research ways to eradicate and control the coffee berry borer. The funds are is in addition to $1.8 million allocated last year to help Hawaii deal with pest.

Hawaii Department of Agriculture Chairman Scott Enright says it's not yet known how much of the money will come to Hawaii and how much will go to Puerto Rico.

The borer is an insect native to Central Africa that lives, feeds and reproduces in coffee berries. It may significantly damage coffee crop yields.

The funding was announced by Hawaii's congressional delegation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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