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March 23, 2021
HONOLULU – The Hawai`i Board of Agriculture (Board) today approved the expansion of coffee quarantine areas to include the islands of O`ahu and Lana`i due to the coffee leaf rust (CLR), a fungus that threatens Hawai`i’s important coffee industry.
CLR was first detected in the state in October 2020 on Hawai`i Island and Maui. In November 2020, Hawai`i Island and Maui were designated by the Board as CLR-infested areas under Plant Quarantine Interim Rule 20-1 which restricted the movement of coffee plants, plant parts and other CLR hosts from those infected islands. CLR was subsequently detected on the islands of O`ahu and Lana`i in January 2021. Today’s board action includes O`ahu and Lana`i under the interim rule in an effort to help prevent the spread of CLR to Kaua`i and Moloka`i. The quarantine restrictions for O`ahu and Lana`i go into effect tomorrow.
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