Robusta Coffee Turns A Cup Of Woes For Wayanad Farmers


The spread of COVID-19 at an alarming rate in Italy, a major importer of Indian Robusta coffee, has cast a shadow over the lives of small-scale coffee growers in Wayanad, a major Robusta coffee producing region in the State.

“India has been producing an average of 2.24 lakh tonnes of Robusta coffee every year, of which nearly 1.10 lakh tonnes are consumed domestically. Italy is the largest Robusta coffee buyer from the country and they import around 65,000 tonnes of Indian Robusta variety every year,” Prasanth Rajesh, president, Wayanad Coffee Growers’ Association, said. According to reports, the pandemic has put Italy in a crisis.

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