Always Looking Forward: Keeping our promise
Our farmers are working hard to bring amazing coffees in 2019. This is the stage of their coffee; the coffee berry sizes are very small because the crop is in between seasons. The crop is in transition from Fly crop to the Main crop. Due to the good rain this year, we are expecting that the harvest will happen earlier as compared to last year. The rain and cold weather are however, bringing in another challenge: the Coffee Berry Disease (CBD). This scourge of Kenyan coffee might have a serious impact on production levels. Learn more about CBD below:
What is CBD?
CBD was first discovered in Kenya in the 1920s and is caused by a fungus. The fungus lives in the bark of the coffee tree and produces spores which attack the coffee cherries. The fungal infection associated with cold weather, and bacterial blight disease.
What stage does CBD infection happen?
The fungus infects all stages of the crop from flowers to ripe fruits and occasionally leaves, but maximum crop losses occurs following infection of green berries with the formation of dark sunken lesions with sporulation, causing their premature dropping and mummification.
How severe is CBD?
CBD that may destroy up to 80% of the coffee berries if no control measures are taken.
Which varieties are most susceptible to CBD?
SL28 and SL34
What are the control measures?
Spraying has been determined to be the best way to avoid the coffee berry disease. Captafol and copper-based fungicides have proven to be effective.