Timely rains brew good prospects for coffee crop

Timely rainfall across the key coffee growing regions of the country has brightened the prospects for a good crop in 2018-19. The coffee year runs from October to September.

Coffee growing regions in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu have received timely blossoms and backing showers, which are crucial for the blossoming and setting of the crop.

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“So far, the crop setting has been good for both robusta and arabica varieties. If all goes well, we are likely to see one of the highest crops this year,” said Y Raghuramulu, Director Research, Coffee Board. The Board is currently in the process of estimating the post-blossom crop size.

For the robusta variety, which accounts for over two-thirds of the total output, 2018-19 is considered an ‘on year,’ during which production normally peaks. For the milder arabica variety, which is facing infestation of white-stem borer, the crop prospects are slightly dull, Raghuramulu said.



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