August 2, 2016

A VIDEO Guide to Combating La Broca, the Coffee Berry Borer


La broca, or the coffee berry borer, can cause serious damage to a year’s crop. Yet producers are far from defenceless against this nasty little pest.

A multi-pronged approach that integrates field sanitation, insecticidal fungus, trapping, and worker education is key. By adopting this method, producers can prevent the spread of the coffee berry borer, kill those that are already on the farm, and be alerted to any new infestations.

SEE ALSO: A VIDEO Guide to the Berry Borer: One of Coffee’s Biggest Pests

Producers, you can implement this through careful organisation of your farm and investment in traps and insecticides. Exporters and roasters, recommending these methods to the farms you do business with can be an excellent way to ensure you receive high-quality, defect-free crops – and that the farmer can receive a living wage for their hard work.

Discover more in this video, courtesy of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association, the Kohala Center, and Kamehameha Schools:

Please note that the video states that Mycotrol O is certified organic. However, this certification expired in Autumn 2015. Mycotrol ESO is a replacement product that is currently undergoing organic certification. Please confirm that products are certified organic before using them on an organic farm.

The National Geographic states that the coffee berry borer has led to a loss of around 300 million USD. It’s not a risk to be taken lightly and, although these measures can be time-consuming and labour-intensive, they may be key to ensuring a healthy harvest. If there is any indication that la broca has infected the area, producers should carefully monitor the situation.

Fortunately, by taking these steps, you can significantly lower the chances of the berry borer spreading through their farm.

Feature photo credit: Kona Coffee Farmers Association

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