India cuts coffee production estimate for 2016-17 by 1%
The Dollar Business Bureau
Coffee production in India is likely to be 3,16,700 tonnes for the crop year 2016-17, downward by 1.03% from the earlier estimate of expected output drop due to poor monsoon.
Total coffee production in India was 3,48,000 tonnes in the crop year 2015-16 (October-September).
“The overall output for 2016-17 is placed at 3,16,700 tonnes, marginally lower by 1.03% over the previous estimate of 3,20,000 tonnes for the same period,” Coffee Board said while releasing its second crop projections.
While comparing to the previous year’s actual production, the coffee output this year is likely to be lower by 7.05%, it said.
The production of Arabica is likely to drop to 96,200 tonnes in the current crop year from last year’s 1,03,500 tonnes, whereas output of Robusta is estimated to drop to 2,20,500 tonnes against 2,44,500 tonnes in the given period.
In Karnataka, the production of coffee is likely to decline to 2,26,300 tonnes in the current year compared to 2,51,520 tonnes in the same period a year ago.
The production in Kerala is estimated to be at 63,290 tonnes compared to 69,230 tonnes, whereas the production in Tamil Nadu is estimated at 16,560 tonnes compared to 17,295 tonnes.
“The reason for decline in output estimates of 2016-17 is due to the delayed blossom and backing showers along with high temperatures,” the Bpard said. said the Board.
The coffee growers were not able to take up irrigation to support the scanty rain as most of the water resources were dried up. In addition, the sluggish north-east monsoon may impact the final output and bean size.
“The crop loss because of adverse north-east monsoon, if any, will be taken into account at the time of final predictions to be carried out post crop harvesting,” it noted.
India is a major exporter of coffee to countries such as Italy, Belgium and Germany.