Protecting the coffee industry from Coffee Berry Borer in Papua New Guinea and Australia

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Project code
AUD 1,900,849
Research program manager
Ms Irene Kernot
Project leader
Dr Ian Newton, Queensland Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries
JUL 2019
JUN 2024
Project status
Legally committed/Active
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This project aims to limit Coffee Berry Borer damage and protect the coffee industry by managing Coffee Berry Borer infestations with world’s best practices and to find long-term sustainable IPM solutions.

Coffee is one of the most important crops in Papua New Guinea and is a major source of income to more than 2.5 million people. Until recently, PNG was free of Coffee Berry Borer; however, it has now entered highlands coffee production areas and could potentially have a major impact on the livelihoods of millions of rural families and their communities. The Coffee Berry Borer is currently absent from Australia, but poses a significant biosecurity threat.

The project will assemble several consultants and experts from other countries that have been affected by Coffee Berry Borer. A review panel will evaluate the current management and control methods and determine what is working, what areas need further work, then make recommendations as to what changes can be adopted immediately and what can be adopted from other countries or other cropping systems. From this review, a recommended best management practice package will be delivered for immediate implementation to selected extension teams and farmers. This package will be monitored and reviewed throughout the project, with updates based on farmer success/failures and research outcomes. The review panel would also identify research priorities and recommend what can be achieved within the project timeframe and budget. 

Project outcomes

  • Delivering best management practices and build institutional and farmer capacity.
  • Delivering biological and chemical control solutions.
  • Improving monitoring, cultural control and agronomic practices.
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Fact Sheet HORT/2018/194