KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - A beetle known as the coffee berry borer is the target of a pesticide subsidy program that started two years after gaining legislative approval.
West Hawaii Today reports (http://bit.ly/2f3lt70) the program kicked off in September with a $500,000 allocation to pay back some of what farmers spent on certain pesticides that battle the beetle.
Rep. Nicole Lowen wrote the legislation and says the program is going online just as other funding sources are drying up.
Farmers can recoup up to 75 percent of their pesticide costs in the fiscal year that ended June 30.
Reimbursements are capped at $600 per acre and up to $9,000 per business in a year.
Future subsidies will cover half of farmers' pesticide costs.
The program continues through 2019 as long as funds are available.
Information from: West Hawaii Today, http://www.westhawaiitoday.com