Coffee growers expect better harvest | Kochi News


Kochi: Kerala coffee growers expect a good harvest this year. According to the post-flowering estimate from the Coffee Board, coffee production in Kerala will increase from 69,100 tonnes in coffee year 2020-21 to 70,570 tonnes in coffee year 2021-22.
“We expect the harvest for the next coffee year to be slightly higher as well,” said Prasanth Rajesh, president of the Wayanad Coffee Growers’ Association.
Wayanad accounts for almost all of Kerala’s coffee production with 59,320 tonnes expected to be produced in coffee year 2021-22. The Travancore area is expected to produce 8,550 tonnes and Nelliampathy is expected to produce 2,700 tonnes of coffee during the period.
Recently, coffee prices have increased slightly. “Prices have risen from relatively dismal numbers, but we have only reached five-year price levels yet. During the last harvest season from January to February, prices had dropped to Rs 115 per kg, ”Rajesh said. Currently, the price of beans is Rs 135 per kg.
“It’s because of the frost in Brazil and the Covid in Vietnam,” he added.
The International Coffee Organization noted: “In August 2021, coffee prices recorded the tenth consecutive month of increase, triggered by fears of oversupply, due to unfavorable weather conditions in major producing countries and rising freight costs associated with trade-disrupting Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. flows in Asia ”. Concerns about the size of the next Brazilian crop, exacerbated by the recent frost, have led to record volatility in spot and futures prices, the ICO report added.
Coffee growers are bothered by the scarcity of fertilizers in the Indian market – they rely mostly on urea and potash. “Most of the potash is imported and some of the urea is made here,” Rajesh said.
According to him, the shortage started a month ago, after the monsoon. Right now it’s fertilizer time and the next turn comes after harvest. “The fertilizer used now will help the beans of the current crop grow and the branches of the next crop to grow,” he added.
The community of coffee producers in Kerala is disturbed by the mother-in-law attitude shown by the coffee board towards them.
“A few days ago, the Union Minister of Trade visited the Coffee Board office in Bengaluru, but only farmers from Karnataka were invited to discuss with him. We only learned about the meeting when the farmers shared photos of their interaction with the minister on social media, ”they complained on condition of anonymity.

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