KOZHIKODE: Coffee farmers are reaping a bitter harvest as the harvest season kick-starts after the calamitous floods in the state.
Adding to the woes, the price of a bag (54 kg) of Robusta raw cherry has fallen from Rs 4,400 to Rs 3,700 in a month in Wayanad district, which contributes around 90% of the state’s total coffee production.
“The fall in international coffee prices has hit farmers here, who were hoping to recoup from the losses caused by the floods . The international prices of coffee beans have come down from USD 1,700 to USD 1,450 per tonne and we feel the prices would take time to recover,” said Prasanth Rajesh, president of Wayanad coffee growers’ association. The district has over 60,000 coffee holdings and around three lakh people depend on coffee cultivation for livelihood.