Broca in Coffee Plantations in Brazil

The presence of an outbreak of beetles has been detected in coffee plantations in the states of Espirito Santo and Sao Paulo, where they have declared a state of phytosanitary emergency.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture in Brazil:

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Storage (MAPA by its initials in Spanish) has declared a state of phytosanitary emergency in Sao Paulo and Espirito Santo because of an imminent risk of an outbreak of Hypothenemus hampei, popularly known as Coffee Berry Borer (CBB) or 'broca' in Spanish.

The declaration of a state of emergency is considered urgent because of the severity of the pest, its short cycle and its great capacity to proliferate. The coffee berry borer causes losses in productivity and quality of coffee, with negative effects on the agricultural economy.

Luis Rangel, director of the Department of Plant Protection, said there is a list of the least toxic products for control of this pest, which are in the final phase of registration by the MAPA. Technical assistance have recommended practices to prevent the spread of pests such as cleaning dirt of infected fruits, disrupting the life cycle of the insect.

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From the Coffee Market Report - January 2015 by the International Coffee Organization (ICO):

Dry weather in Brazil at the beginning of January spurred prices higher, with the daily price of the ICO composite indicator rising from 140.57 US cents/lb to a high of 155.40 by the middle of the month. However, forecasts of rain later in the month punctured this brief rally,causing the ICO composite to fall back down to 143.43 cents by the end of January.Nevertheless, overall rainfall levels in Brazil remain below average, with the development of the 2015/16 crop now at a crucial stage. Furthermore, an infestation of coffee berry borer has led to a state of phytosanitary emergency being declared in the states of São Paulo and Espírito Santo.