Seminar on coffee on December 13

Madikeri: A seminar on coffee will be organised by the Rotary Club of Kushalnagar at Kushalnagar on December 13, convenor of the seminar P.K. Devaiah said here on Friday.

Addressing presspersons here, he said experts in different areas related to coffee would address growers and growers’ organisations on issues such as labour problem and its implications, producing quality coffee being sold as branded products, coffee prices, producing speciality coffee, effects of plantations on ecology, and finance schemes offered by banks.

Certain resolutions would be passed during the seminar urging the Centre and the State Government to find solutions to the problems being faced by the coffee industry, he said. Of the 5.45 lakh population of Kodagu, there were nearly two lakh growers and an equal number of workers associated with the coffee industry.

No one could ignore this section which depended on coffee in Kodagu, Mr. Devaiah said.

Chairman of the Coffee Board G.V. Krishna Rau would inaugurate the seminar at 9 a.m. at Veeranadu resorts near Kushalnagar. Nanda Subbaiah, former chairman of the Codagu Planters’ Association, C.G. Kushalappa, professor, College of Forestry, Ponnampet, and experts from the Indian Institute of Coffee Management would speak.

Chairman of the Rotary Kushalnagar S.K. Satish said that coffee was the second largest traded commodity in the world, next to oil. On an average, 350 trees were grown by growers on an acre of coffee plantation in the district, which accounted for preserving the environment. Growers were resorting to shade-grown coffee cultivation and the government should encourage them by giving incentives.

A crash in the prices of coffee could lead to indiscriminate felling of trees grown by planters, Mr. Satish, said.

Fluctuating markets, increased wages of workers, berry borer and stem borer pests and different interests of producing and buying countries added to the woes of growers in the past decade, Mr. Satish said.

The experts would suggest remedies to the problems, he said.

Chengappa, Rotary member, was present.

 -The Hindu

One Response

  1. When is this seminar going to be held or is it over…2016 or 2017 (It is not very clear!)
    If it is Dec,2017, I would like to participate in the same on behalf of Rotary Club of Yercaud. Few of my planter friends will also be interested.
    You can call me at 8220018473
    Email Id: Sunagriconsultants@gmail.com

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