Coffee Berry Borer (CBB) is a tiny pest that affects coffee plants throughout the world, including Laos. Coffee cherries or beans that are damaged by this pest may be rejected by buyers, or farmers will get a lower price . Fortunately, the pest can be controlled if farmers take the right action during and after harvest.
A new poster has been produced by the Lao Upland Rural Advisory Service (LURAS) to help farmers learn how to control CBB. The poster is available for everybody involved in coffee production in the North of Laos: farmer groups, district agriculture staff, development projects and coffee companies. Copies are available from the LURAS offices in Phonsavanh and Vientiane. Alternatively, you can print and distribute yourself; just click on the picture to download the file.
The coffee farmers of Keoset have recently produced three illustrated manuals in Lao language which they would like to share with other producers.
Click the covers above or the titles below to download the files
1 Guidelines on Establishing a Coffee Nursery
2 Guidelines on Managing Coffee Gardens
3 Guidelines on Coffee Processing
Here is the Introduction to the new guidelines:
These guidelines are based on our experience as coffee farmers in Xieng Khuang Province. We have been growing forest coffee in the Keoset Cluster of villages for nearly 20 years. During that time we have received advice and support from the government, projects and companies, but the most valuable knowledge and skills comes from our own practical activities, including planting, composting, pruning, processing, drying and selling our coffee.
We want to share our experience with other farmers, and have already welcomed hundreds of visitors to our coffee farms and processing centres. These guidelines provide a summary of the techniques we have been using, and we encourage you to select and adapt this information to suit your local conditions. We hope this information will be beneficial for many other coffee producers.
With best wishes from the farmers of Ban Pieng, Ban Phahin, Ban Phoung, Ban Tan Tai and Ban Tan Neua
Copies of the new guidelines are available from the LURAS project offices in Vientiane and Phonsavanh, and the Department of Technical Extension and Agro-Processing (DTEAP).