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Karnataka growers see arabica output at 80,000 t

Our Bureau Bangalore | Updated on February 18, 2011

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The Karnataka Planters' Association (KPA) has estimated the post-harvest arabica crop in 2010-11 at “not more than 80,000 tonnes”. Meanwhile, Coffee Board officials indicated that the arabica crop would be at least 90,000 tonnes. The post-monsoon arabica estimate put out by the Board was 95,000 tonnes.

A KPA press release issued in this regard said, “We have made the estimate based on feedback from all the prime arabica growing areas of Chikmagalur (Giris , Mallandur and Mudigere) , Hassan (Belur and Saklespur) and Kodagu ( Somwarpet , Sunticoppa , Madapur), as more than 90 per cent of the Arabica harvest is completed.”

Almost all the zones have reported “a major drop in their harvested crop”, in relation to their estimates, “with only a few pockets picking an average crop”, the release said.

“We have also got feedback from the major coffee curing works and the trade about the arabica arrivals being well below estimates,” Mr Sahadev Balakrishna, Chairman, KPA, said.

According to the release, the “drastic reduction” in the arabica crop is due to a combination of the following reasons: very early blossom showers in February- March 2010, followed by continuous wet conditions in April/May; heavy monsoon during July-August; unprecedented heavy and continuous unseasonal rainfall during November and December; white stem borer affecting acreage.

Published on February 18, 2011

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