Coffee production increasing at 5-6%

Coffee production increasing at 5-6%

Coffee production increasing at 5-6%

Coffee production in India is estimated to grow to 3.5 lakh tonnes this financial year, compared with the actual output of 3.27 lakh tonnes in the previous year, according to Coffee Board of India Chairman Leena Nair.

Addressing delegates at the curtain-raiser event in Bengaluru, as a prelude to India International Coffee Festival (IICF) scheduled to take place from January 19-23, 2016, in Mumbai, Nair said domestic consumption has been growing by five-six per cent annually over the past few years and stands at over one lakh tonnes.

Karnataka Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee unveiled ‘Celebrating with Coffee’, the central theme of IICF 2016, which will provide a glimpse into the current coffee development and emerging opportunities.

Nair said the sector provides direct employment to over six lakh people in the plantations and an equal number to others associated with the industry indirectly. The main aim of this festival is to increase coffee consumption pan- India.

The five-day biannual flagship coffee sector event being organised by the India Coffee Trust, a not-for-profit organisation formed by various stakeholders, and supported by the Coffee Board of India.

About 60 companies and 500 delegates are expected to participate.

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