It’s a triple whammy for coffee growers in Kodagu: COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing rain havoc, and the grievous impact of 2018 and 2019 floods and landslides.
Even before the industry could recover from the unprecedented losses triggered by two back-to-back calamities, the prolonged lockdown crippled the industry. Kodagu is facing rain havoc for the third successive year with many plantations suffering damage over inundation. The extent of this year’s damage could not be assessed with incessant rains lashing the region.
All Growers’ Association of Kodagu said the COVID-19 lockdown had disrupted the plantation activities along with trading and export operations. It has also affected the marketing of the harvested coffee and pepper since the buyers were reluctant to take the stocks due to depressed trading activities and financial crunch.