Coffee growers in Kenya are dealing with a serious outbreak of thrips, small insects that feed on many commercial crops, reducing the country’s coffee bean production as its second growing season comes to an end.
“Coffee farmers are advised to perform regular pest surveys in their farms to monitor thrips population and take appropriate measures,” the Kenya-based Coffee Research Foundation said in a statement, adding that other infestation and leaf rust may also be increasing.
According to a Bloomberg report, Kenya’s coffee crop may be down 5,000 metric tons from last year’s crop of 45,000, as infestations cause premature wilting, delayed leaf development and premature fruit shedding. The infestations could prove crippling for many farmers, especially amidst record-high coffee prices worldwide.
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