Coffee berry borer was only recently discovered in Papua New Guinea but it is already having a serious effect on farmers.
As Oxford Business Group (OBG) reported recently, in late June 2017 the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) in Papua New Guinea announced that 370 tonnes of cherry coffee from the Dei District of the Western Highlands Province was being rejected on a daily basis at a checkpoint set up Kondapina along the Waghi River due in to an infestation of coffee berry borer (CBB).
Hundreds of tonnes of unprocessed beans have been confiscated and destroyed in an effort to limit the spread of the insect which is considered one of the most harmful coffee crop pests in the world.
The industry is currently experiencing a recurrence of CBB, the presence of which was first reported in the country in November 2009, and there are concerns that the present outbreak, which began in February, could be one of the worst on record.
The Ministry of Agriculture has warned that up to 80 per cent of the country’s harvest could be affected if the CBB infestation manages to spread to all the main production centres.
For more information see the forthcoming November 2017 issue of Coffee & Cocoa International.