Heavy rains in the South affect coffee production

Bangalore, Nov 14 | Updated: Nov 15 2005, 06:26am hrs
Torrential rains, lashing incessantly for the past 20 days in the southern parts of the country, is expected to drag down the coffee production in the current season. The Indian coffee industry, which is already under the threat of white stem borer disease, would be faced with added woes if the rains continue in the same spell this month, trade sources said.

A major threat comes from Tamil Nadu, which is the third largest coffee producing state after Karnataka and Kerala, where the main coffee plantations are witnessing incessant rains and inclement weather condition since the penultimate week of October. Coffee is harvested in Tamil Nadu in October, which is much earlier than in other traditional states Kerala and Karantaka.

Trade sources estimate that the coffee production in Tamil Nadu would come down by 10% this year due to rains and another 10% to 15% following white stem borer disease.

During the last coffee year, Tamil Nadu produced 14,975 metric tonnes (mt) of Arabica and 3,325 mt of Robusta. The Indian Coffee Board has set an overall target of Rs 19,975 mt for Tamil Nadu this year. The coffee crops are raised in large scale in the Palaneys, Nilgris, Sheveroys Hills, Anaimalai and Patti Veeran Patti regions in Tamil Nadu.