19 Jun '11, 6am

India''s coffee production in 2011-12 season to decline by 10%

New Delhi, Jun 19 (PTI) India''s coffee production may decline by about 10 per cent in 2011-12 season beginning October due to sporadic rains early this year, industry experts have said. According to the latest Coffee Board data, production of the brew in the 2010-11 period is estimated at 2.99 lakh tonnes. "A combination of untimely, insufficient, patchy and localised rain that was not uniformly distributed has resulted in an arabica blossom well below the potential," Karnataka Planters Association Chairman Sahadeva Balakrishna told PTI. Similarly in the case of robusta with a severe constraint on water resources and availability of power, several plantations could not cover their normal irrigation schedules, which will affect the productivity, he said. "Also as robusta is more sensitive to drought, delay in rainfall beyond the last week of March has affected the fruit se...

Full article: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/indias-coffee-production-2011-12...

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