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Coffee worth Rs. 400 cr piling up at curing centres, ports

The United Planters’ Association of Southern India (Upasi) has written to the Coffee Board that 21,000 tonnes of coffee worth Rs. 400 crore have accumulated at curing centres and various ports.

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Last Updated: Apr 08, 2020, 10.57 AM IST
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KOCHI: Coffee has piled up at curing centres and ports owing to the Covid-19 lockdown, causing heavy loss to all stakeholders in the sector.

Growers in Karnataka, the largest coffee producing state in the country, have been unable to sell coffee as there are no traders. The United Planters’ Association of Southern India (Upasi) has written to the Coffee Board that 21,000 tonnes of coffee worth Rs. 400 crore have accumulated at curing centres and various ports.

“Domestic trading activity has virtually stopped. Besides, there is a blockade at Mangaluru and Kochi ports and Bengaluru ICD in the absence of dock workers and non-availability of containers and liners,” said Upasi president AL RM Nagappan, adding that exporters are also stressed financially as no exports are taking place. Coffee harvest in Karnataka that began in December is almost over, except in some places.

Karnataka is also the largest producer of pepper, which is largely grown in coffee estates. “Worker shortage has affected the pepper sector too,” said KK Vishwanath, co-ordinator, Consortium of Black Pepper Growers Association.
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