Plant diseases plaguing Kona coffee beans are harming the Hawaiian staple

But a month later, in February 2021, the state Gov. David Ige declared a state of emergency for the state’s coffee industry, allowing organic farmers to submit applications to the National Organic Certification Program that would potentially allow them to use state fungicides use as without losing their organic certifications due to these unusual circumstances. The state has also tightened import bans on coffee plants from other countries to avoid the spread of similar diseases.

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