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Hawaii Coffee Association honored Senator Kanuha for keeping the interest of coffee farmers

Hawaii Coffee Association honored Senator Kanuha for keeping the interest of coffee farmers

September 3 - 2021 Coffee Geography Magazine

The Hawaii Coffee Association (HCA) honored Senator Dru Mamo for the introduction of recent legislation   to extend the Hawaii Department of Agricultureʻs Coffee Berry Borer Pesticide Subsidy Program and expand it to include control of the industryʻs latest disease challenge. The Hawaii Senate Majority Leader received an appreciation plaque crafted from a century-old fallen koa tree that once flourished at Kona’s Greenwell Farms.

“While our coffee industry has been challenged by CBB, CLR and impacts relating to COVID, the state legislature has faced unprecedented COVID-induced budgetary constraints,” stated HCA President Chris Manfredi during the awards ceremony. “Nonetheless, Senator Kanuha listened to and understood our challenges, and championed this subsidy extension and expansion to include CLR management. This will make life a good deal easier for Hawaiʻi’s coffee farmers and help ensure their viability. We thank him for his leadership.”

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Presenting Hawaiʻi Senator Dru Mamo Kanuha (center left) with the Hawaii Coffee Associationʻs first-ever Legislator of the Year Award are from left: Brittany Horn, HCA secretary; Tom Greenwell, HCA vice-president; Chris Manfredi, HCA president; Alla Kostenko, HCA event coordinator and Madeleine Longoria Garcia, HCA Cafe Collective Committee chair. (PC: Hawaiʻi Coffee Association)

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CBB was first detected in Hawaii at Kona island in 2010, which is endemic to Central Africa. Farmers fight CBB with an integrated pest management (IPM) supported by the state program.

And scientists discovered CLR first in Sri Lanka in 1869 causing plant defoliation resulting in reduced photosynthetic capacity and tree dieback. CLR was first detected on Maui Island last October which triggered concern by many for the devastating effect of pathogen and soon after, EPA approved a fungicide as part of an IPM plan.

The highly priced Hawaiian coffee is a well protected brand with the supervision of  HCA to protect the interest of all business in coffee on island including growers, millers, wholesalers, roasters and retailers.

The Hawaiʻi Senate Majority Leader directed the passage of legislation (SB855 SB1 HD1 CD1) to extend the Hawaiʻi Department of Agricultureʻs Coffee Berry Borer (CBB) Pesticide Subsidy Program and expand it to include control of the industry’s latest disease challenge, Coffee Leaf Rust (CLR). The legislation extends the date of the program to June 2023 and specifies annual subsidy caps per acre of treated coffee.

 

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