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Crop loss in Karnataka cannot even be gauged yet

Production of plantation crops, including coffee, pepper and cardamom, which was initially expected to be good this season in the State, is set for a steep decline as rainfall that has battered Kodagu, Hassan and Chikkamagaluru has caused large-scale damage to crops.

While the Coffee Board declined to estimate the losses citing lack of field data, planters’ association has estimated crop losses at above 70%.

Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy at a press conference said that the State cannot immediately seek compensation for plantation crops, including coffee, pepper, cardamom and areca, since assessment has to be done and a comprehensive report has to be submitted.

 “We will have to undertake survey of estates along with revenue officials after rescue and relief work is completed,” the official said.

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