January 19, 2015: The government has revised the coffee production estimate for 2014-15 downward to around 331,000 tonnes for this year due the crop damage in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha due to the continuous rains after a dry spell and the Hud Hud cyclone.
It may be noted here that the first estimate at the post-blossom stage, Coffee Boardestimated the overall coffee output to be around 344,500 tonnes for 2014-15 against the actual output of 304,500 tonnes in the previous year. The latest production estimate for 2014-15 covering the crop condition post-monsoon period, is higher by 8.7 per cent compared with last year's final output figures, the Board said in its latest report. According to the Board, "Similar to the last year, after witnessing a long period of drought, coffee areas in Karnataka experienced continuous heavy monsoon."
The Board also added that the continuous showers led to soil saturation and wet feet conditions resulting in defoliation and incidences of stalk rot and black rot leading to crop losses especially in robusta variety of coffee in Karnataka,” it said. Apart from that, the 'Hud-Hud cyclone' in October 2014 had caused "extensive damage to coffee plants in the non-traditional areas" due to large scale uprooting of shade trees leading to downward revision of the crop estimates".
Taking into account these losses, the board said it has revised downward the total coffee output to 331,000 tonnes for this year, with the arabica output at 99,600 tonnes and robusta at 231,400 tonnes.