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The white stem borer, also known as Seto Gavaro, is a major pest of coffee in Nepal. In fact, the government and industry hold the pest largely responsible for the drop in production between mid-2012 and mid-2013. Coffee is a major cash crop in Nepal so it is important that farmers do not lose yield to pests such as the white stem borer. Earlier this year, the government set up a new Coffee Research Centre in Baletaksar after a major outbreak of the white stem borer.

To find out more about white stem borers on coffee and their management, read this month’s Plantwise Factsheet for Farmers which was written by staff from the Pesticide Registration and Management Division, Goverment of Nepal.

Plantwise Factsheets for Farmers are produced by partners in Plantwise countries for use by plant doctors and extension workers who provide advice to farmers. To see more about the content held on the Plantwise knowledge bank, please click here.


  1. Bob Macfarlane on 4th December 2014 at 3:34 AM

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  2. Claire Curry on 5th December 2014 at 9:14 AM

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  3. Fair and direct coffee on 9th August 2016 at 5:20 PM

    […] up to 60% of the harvest in some areas. The insect is called „seto gavaro“ in Nepal [source] and the disease is reportedly called „satee roga“ there. Sharing knowledge is a good […]

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