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The Coffee Plantations Of India’s Western Ghats Are Being Wrongly Blamed For Climate Change


As southwest India finally has some respite from the recent heavy rains, the discussions have now turned to what went wrong. In the district of Kodagu, nine days of non-stop rains wreaked havoc in August; this came after a drought-like situation earlier in the year and the record-breaking spell of rains last year.

Much of the blame for the drought-flood-drought-flood trend in Kodagu has been laid on coffee plantations. Today, over 43% of India’s coffee production comes from here. According to the India State of Forest Report (ISFR), a publication by the Forest Survey of India (FSI), the district has lost 10,600 hectares of forest land just in the past 12 years.

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