In recent times, it has been seen that many coffee growers in Karnataka and Tamil nadu have shifted from the cultivation of Arabica to Robusta variety. With this reference, consider the following statements: 
1. In comparison to Arabica variety, Robusta requires less shade and labour
2. In comparison to Arabica variety, Robusta is more resilient to white stem borer pest
3. In comparison to Arabica variety, Robusta fetches better prices in commodity markets for unit quantity
Which among the above is / are correct statements? 

Answer: [A] Only 1 & 2

Every year, the white stem borer pest destroys thousands of tonnes of coffee in Karnataka and some other coffee producing states of India. This has forced many of the arabica growers to go for robusta, which is more resilient to the pest. Further, Robusta requires less shade and labour.  Third statement is not correct.

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