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Erratic rain, heat dilute coffee output estimates for 2017-18

Our Bureau Bengaluru | Updated on May 15, 2018 Published on May 15, 2018

Coffee Board sees production dropping to 3.16 lakh tonnes

The State-run Coffee Board has placed the final output for the current 2017-18 crop year ending September at 3.16 lakh tonnes, which is about 10 per cent lower than the initial post-blossom estimates of 3.50 lakh tonnes (lt).

The decline is attributed to the erratic rainfall pattern and higher temperatures that affected the crop in the key producing State of Karnataka, which accounts for over 70 per cent of the country’s output.

Overall crop size

The final crop estimate for 2017-18 comprised 95,000 tonnes of Arabicas —down eight per cent over initial estimate — and 2.21 lt of Robustas — a decline of 10.63 per cent.

However, when compared with the final crop estimate for the previous year 2016-17, the output for 2017-18 has registered a marginal increase of 1.3 per cent or by 4,000 tonnes, the Board said in a statement.

In Karnataka, the final crop estimate is placed at 2.22 lt, which is a 11.7 per cent decline over the initial estimate.

Production of arabicas was down 8.33 per cent at 69,025 tonnes, while robustas had witnessed a sharper decline of 13.14 per cent at 1.53 lt over the initial estimates.

Major crop loss was reported in the districts of Kodagu at 16,950 tonnes, followed by Chikmagalur at 9,136 tonnes.

Other areas

In Kerala, which mainly produces the robusta variety, the crop decline was estimated at 65,735 tonnes — about four per cent lower than the initial estimates.

Similarly, in Tamil Nadu the crop was pegged 9 per cent lower at 17,440 tonnes. In non-traditional areas, and the north-eastern region, the crop size was pegged marginally lower at 10,525 tonnes.

Published on May 15, 2018
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