The country’s coffee production for the crop year 2012-13 is estimated at 3,15,500 tonnes against last year’s 3,14,000 tonnes.
The post-monsoon crop forecast for 2012-13 is pegged at 3,15,500 tonnes, which shows a reduction of 9,800 tonnes (3.01 per cent) over the post-blossom estimate for 2012-13 of 3,25,300 tonnes, according to Coffee Board officials here. The reduction in production estimate is being attributed to the normal berry drop during monsoon and also to black rot and stalk rot diseases in certain high rainfall areas.
However, it is a marginal increase of 1,500 tonnes (0.48 per cent) over the final estimate of 2011-12 (3,14,000 tonne). Of the total estimate, the arabica is 1,00,225 tonnes and robusta is 2,15,275 tonnes.
According to the Coffee Board, arabica production estimate has shown a decline of 3,775 tonnes (3.63 per cent) while robusta production estimate has declined by 6,025 tonnes (2.72 per cent) over the post-blossom estimate of 2012-13.
The post-monsoon crop estimate for Karnataka is placed at 2,27,205 tonnes with 78,705 tonnes of arabica and 1,48,500 tonnes of robusta.
In Karnataka, the post-monsoon estimate has shown a decline of 7,665 tonnes (3.26 per cent) over the post-blossom estimate. However, it is an increase of 6,205 tonnes (2.81 per cent) over the final estimate of 2011-12.
In Kodagu, a major producer, the decline is 3.88 per cent with 1.45 per cent in arabica and 4.41 per cent in robusta, followed by Chikmagalur (1.93 per cent) and Hassan (3.97 p.c.) over the post- blossom forecast.
In Kerala, it is a decline of 4,275 tonnes (6.28 per cent) over the previous year’s (2011-12) final estimate of 68,100 tonnes. Therefore, the post-monsoon forecast is pegged at 63,825 tonnes (arabica 2075 tonnes and robusta 61,750 tonnes) against the post-blossom estimate of 65,000 tonnes.
In Tamil Nadu
In Tamil Nadu, the post-monsoon forecast is pegged at 17,750 tonnes against 17,440 tonnes of post-blossom estimate.
In non-traditional production areas of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, the post-monsoon forecast is placed at 6,525 tonnes against previous year’s post-blossom estimate of 7,790 tonnes, showing a decline of 1,265 tonnes (16.34 per cent) on account of low rainfall, high temperatures coupled with heat waves, which affected the crop. In the north-eastern region, the post-monsoon forecast is pegged at 195 tonnes, according to the Coffee Board.