Coffee exports shoot up by 42 per cent in Jan-April 2010

In terms of value, coffee exports surged to Rs 1,025 crore between January and April from Rs 763.38 crore in the same period last year, it said.

“Exports have increased due to a rise in demand for the robusta variety of coffee and a hike in the re-export of processed coffee,” a Coffee Board official told PTI.
The country had shipped only 70,843 tonnes of coffee in the same period last year even as demand slumped due to the economic recession, he said.

According to data released by Coffee Board, Arabica exports stood at 21,734 tonnes while Robusta, which is stronger in caffeine content than Arabica, amounted to 51,173 tonnes between January and April 2010.The overseas sale of instant coffee stood at 8,670 tonnes, whereas the re-export of processed coffee was about 18,871 tonnes in the review period. According to the board, the total output is estimated to end up higher at 2.89 lakh tonnes in the 2009-10 coffee year.

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