Heavy rains in June and July this year are likely to affect rubber and coffee production in the country. This was indicated at the commodity outlook session organised as part of the annual meeting of the United Planters’ Association of Southern India here on Monday.
The post-blossom estimate of coffee production for 2013-2014 is 3.47 lakh tonnes. However, drought and then continuous rainfall in the coffee-growing areas is reported to have caused fruit drop and incidence of black rot and stalk rot in some areas. Hence, about 10 per cent decline is expected in the estimated production. A clear picture will be available only in October-November, said Jawaid Akhtar, chairman of the Coffee Board.
The Karnataka Planters’ Association expects coffee production to be just 2.8 lakh tonnes. When asked about the difference in estimates, J.S. Deepak, Additional Secretary of the Union Ministry of Commerce, told The Hindu that the Ministry will look into the mismatch.
According to Toms Joseph, Deputy Director of the Rubber Board, the production of natural rubber estimated for this financial year is 960,000 tonnes and the consumption is 1.2 million tonnes. The import is expected to be 1.8 lakh tonnes.
Heavy rains and associated problems had led to fall in production in June, July and August compared to the same period last year.