Grow quality coffee: Scientist

Pepper production should get a boost in Kodagu

There is a great demand for coffee in the international market. The coffee growers should strive for growing quality coffee, said Agriculture University (agriculture market) head Prof P K Mandanna.

Speaking at a seminar on pepper and coffee, held at Ammathi Kodava Samaja on Wednesday, he said increase in the demand for coffee in various countries of the world is  good development. About four per cent of the coffee of the world is grown in India. Indian growers should be ready to face challenges from growers of other countries of the world.

“Coffee is one of the commercial crop which has great demand across the globe. Hence, there is a need to organise coffee mela in major cities of India,” he said.

Speaking on pepper, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) retired principal Dr M N
Venugopal said the demand for pepper has not declined across the globe. There is a need to increase pepper production.

“The weather in Kodagu is conducive for growing pepper. Along with increasing the yield, there is a need to maintain quality. The farmers should give importance to post harvest of pepper.”

Senior scientist Dr Chandramauli spoke on diseases affecting pepper and the ways to control it. H C Ramesh spoke on pepper cultivation.

Coffee and pepper growers had taken part in the meeting.

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