With floods in Kerala, coffee production to take a hit

primary reason is being blamed on severe floods in parts of Karnataka and Kerala

With the massive flooding of Kerala, India might register sharp decline in its coffee production.

Some of the analysis cites that coffee production might drop by 20 per cent in the new marketing year starting October 2018.

The primary reason is being blamed on severe floods in parts of Karnataka and Kerala.

The country is estimated to have harvested 3,16,000 tonnes of coffee in the 2017-18 marketing year (October-September), as per the Coffee board data.

The industry is estimating coffee production in 2018-19 is likely to fall by at least one-fifth due to floods, the board official said.

Karnataka and Kerala account for 90 per cent of the country’s coffee production.

The Karnataka government had last week sought the central government to provide Rs 654 crore funds for relief-affected coffee growers in the state.

India exports both Robusta and Arabica varieties of coffee to countries like Italy, Germany and Russia.

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