CIC await CBB sample results

The Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) is awaiting results from the United States on the origins of the Coffee Berry Borer Pest discovered in PNG.

General Manager Grower and Research Services, Dr Mark Kenny, told Loop PNG  that samples of the CBB pest were sent to the University of Florida almost two months ago.

He said they are yet to receive results from their international partner.

Dr Kenny added the National Agriculture and Quarantine Inspection Authority (NAQIA) haa also sent samples to their international partners and are also awaiting results.

The CIC and NAQIA said during the announcement of the CBB’s discovery in March that the pest had evaded their radar to get into the heartland of the country.

The results from the genetic analysis will determine where the CBB pest originated from and will assist indicate how it may have entered the country.


Cadric Patjole