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Maui coffee crops to be quarantined against borer beetle

coffee berry borer (Image: file) coffee berry borer (Image: file)
KAHULUI, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A quarantine intended to protect island coffee plants from a destructive pest has been expanded to Maui.

Beginning May 1, the state Department of Agriculture says it will restrict the interisland movement of coffee from Maui in order to seek out the invasive coffee borer beetle, which has already impacted crops on Oahu and Hawaii Island.

Recent sightings of the species were in Hana and Kipahulu, but the agency decided to implement an island-wide quarantine to prevent further damage. Authorities first confirmed the presence of the insect on Maui back in January.

Agriculture department officials are still unsure how the bug -- which is native to Central Africa -- made its way to the Hawaiian Islands.

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