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Kona farmers seek suspension of green coffee imports into Hawaii

KAILUA-KONA >> The Kona Coffee Farmers Association is seeking an immediate suspension of green coffee imports into Hawaii.

The move would be designed to prevent further damage by the destructive coffee berry borer.

Meanwhile, West Hawaii Today is quoting state Department of Agriculture official Neil Reimer as saying a proposal to quarantine the transportation of green coffee beans from Kona is being prepared.

Reimer says the beetle has been found at 21 sites on the Big Island between Kaloko and Manuka State Park.

A Hawaii coffee farm survey is being conducted to determine the extent of the infestation. As of Oct. 28, federal and state agriculture officials had surveyed 104 sites throughout the islands. Infestations were only found in the Kona area.

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