Coffee output revised down by 4% to 3.31 lakh tonnes

Coffee output revised down by 4% to 3.31 lakh tonnes

Coffee output revised down by 4% to 3.31 lakh tonnes

The government on Thursday revised its estimate of coffee production downward by 4 per cent to 3.31 lakh tonnes for this year, citing crop damage in Karnataka due to continuous rain after a dry spell and the ‘Hud Hud’ cyclone.

In its first estimate that assessed the crop post-blossom stage, the government’s Coffee Board had projected overall coffee output at 3.44 lakh tonnes for 2014-15 as against the actual output of 3.04 lakh tonnes in the previous year.

However, the latest production estimate for 2014-15 covering the crop condition post-monsoon period has pegged it even lower. Despite this, it is higher by 8.7 per cent, when compared with last year’s final output figures, the Board said in its latest report. According to the Board, “Similar to the last year, after witnessing a long period of drought, coffee areas in Karnataka experienced continuous heavy monsoon.”

“The continuous showers led to soil saturation and wet feet conditions resulting in defoliation and incidences of stalk rot and black rot leading to crop losses especially in robusta variety of coffee in Karnataka,” it said.

That apart, the Hud Hud cyclone in October 2014 caused “extensive damage to coffee plants in non-traditional areas of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha” due to large-scale uprooting of shade trees leading to downward revision of crop estimates, it added.

Taking into account these losses, the Board said that it has revised total coffee output downward to 3.31 lakh tonnes for this year, with arabica output at 99,600 tonnes and robusta at 2,31,400 tonnes.

“Total arabica production estimate has shown a decline of 5,900 tonnes while robusta declined by 7,850 tonnes over the post blossom estimate of 2014-15,” the Board said.

Coffee output in Karnataka, the country’s leading growing state, has been revised downward by 5 per cent at 2.36 lakh tonnes from the first estimate.

In Karnataka, Kodagu district experienced a maximum decline of 9,495 tonnes both in arabica and robusta, followed by Chikkamagaluru and Hassan districts. Similarly in Kerala, coffee production has been pegged at 68,225 tonnes with a marginal decline of 650 tonnes.