The dreaded white stem borer (WSB) is creating havoc in coffee growing regions of Kodagu, Chikmagaluru and Hassan and the Government of Karnataka, has declared these three districts `pest affected areas’.
The Government has also prohibited the movement of plant, soil or manure affected by the white stem borer. The move aims to control the spread of the pest, which mainly infests the Arabica variety of coffee plants.
Karnataka accounts for over 70 percent of India’s 3.4-lakh-tonne production of coffee. Implementing the recommendations of Coffee Board’s, Karnataka has issued a notification in this regard, invoking the provisions of the Karnataka Agricultural Pests and Diseases Act, 1968.
The notification will be effective for five years from the date of publication in the official gazette. Growers are being cautioned to undertake preventive and remedial steps to control the spread of the pest by identifying the infested plants, uprooting and burning them on the spot.
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