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.