India's coffee production falls 2% to 3.1 lakh tonnes in 2013 amid dry spells followed by excessive rainfall, industry official says

BANGALORE, India , January 20, 2014 () – Vagaries of weather like dry spells and excessive rainfall during the same season has resulted in India's coffee production fall by two per cent to 3.11 lakh tones in 2013, Coffee Board Chairman Jawaid Akhtar today said. Speaking to reporters after announcing the India International Coffee Festival beginning here tomorrow, he said during the season, flowering had been very good but two months of dry spell thereafter followed by an excessive rainfall during monsoon had hit the crops. This had resulted in breeding of white stem borer pest that had a bad effect on what was expected a bumper crop. This was the situation in coffee growing districts like Kodagu, Chikmagalur and Hassan in Karnataka which grow 72 per cent of the country's coffee production, he said. MORE UNI RS MSP GM RSS1620 NNNN Published by HT Syndication with permission from United News of India. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at htsyndication@hindustantimes.com

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