Coffee Board of India in its assessment of crop in key producing regions of Kodagu, Chikamagaluru,Hassan and Wayanad as harvest of coffee is almost completed.
Board in its post-blossom estimates noted due to drought and erratic rainfall pattern in growing region have affected the coffee output to drop as high as 40 per cent.
The Board estimates coffee output around 3.5 lakh tonnes with the robusta crop at 2.47 lt and arabicas at 1.03 lt.
“There appears to be a set backs for robusta’s this year. We expect average decline to be around 20 per cent over the earlier (post-blossom) estimates,” said Y Raghuramulu, Director-Research of the State-run Coffee Board.
“The Board is making an assessment of the crop and we expect the overall output this year to be between 2.9 and 3 lakh tonnes” Raghuramulu said.
The robusta crop has shrunk by around 25-30 per cent in some areas of Kodagu and Chikmagaluru, while in Wayanad, the decline is about 15-20 per cent. The production of arabicas was largely intact at over one lakh tonnes.
However, the growers feel that the decline in robusta output is much lower than the initial expectations.
“The crop is poor this year,” said a large grower in Kodagu.
“After bumper crops in the last two years, the robusta output this year was expected to decline.” said Coffee Exporters.