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India to be world’s 5th largest coffee producer

The Financial Express:  October 09, 2009

Bangalore: India is likely to climb up in the ranking list of world top-10 coffee producing countries if the actual output in 2009-10 matches estimates, a top official of London-based International Coffee Organisation (ICO) said.

Talking to FE on the sidelines of India International Coffee Festival 2009 (IICF 2009), ICO executive director Nestor Osorio said that India has a bright chance of becoming the fifth largest coffee producer in the world. Currently, it is placed in the sixth position.

The country is expected to replace Mexico as fifth largest coffee producer in the world if the new crop output matches the post blossom estimates of the state-owned Coffee Board.

According to Osorio, in 2008-09 the estimated coffee output of India stood at 4.37 million bags (60 kg per bag), closely behind Mexico which produced around 4.65 million bags.

“With India expected to produce around 5-million bags (60-kg per bag) in the new crop year, the country has good chance of overtaking Mexico ,” he added.

Coffee board’s post blossom crop forecast for 2009-10 (October 2009-September 2010) is at 306,300 tonnes. India could produce only 262,300 tonnes of coffee in the last crop year 2008-09.

If India ’s coffee production matches the post blossom estimates this crop year, then it would mean an increase of 44,000 tonnes compared to last year.

Endorsing Osorio’s version, IICF 2009 convener and coordinator Anil Kumar Bandari said coffee output for the new crop year will match Coffee Board’s post blossom estimation of 3.06 lakh tonnes.

“Weather conditions were favourable this year and the new crop arrivals will hit the market from first week of November.”

Generally new coffee arrivals in India start arriving in the market at the end of November or early December.

But this season, blossom showers started by a month earlier in March. Hence the arrivals will also hit the market little earlier,” he added. “Coffee fruits are very healthy and the production output will match our estimates,” he added.

In 2008-09, Brazil , Vietnam , Colombia and Indonesia are the four countries were top four coffee producers in the world.

Brazil produced around 45.99 million bags followed by Vietnam at 18.50 million bags while coffee output in Colombia stood at 9.50 million bags and Indonesia at 8.63 million bags.

Ethiopia, Peru, Guatemala and Uganda also figured in ICO’s list of top ten coffee producing countries.

Ethiopia ’s output stood at 4.35 million bags while Peru produced 3.86 million bags followed by Guatemala at 3.73 million bags and Uganda 3.30 million bags.

Disclaimer: This information has been collected through secondary research and IBEF is not responsible for any errors in the same.