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

Increase subsidy to 50 % says Kodagu Growers Federation

Kodagu Growers Federation has, in a memorandum to the Union Government, sought an increase in the subsidy being given for quality upgradation of coffee to 50 per cent from the existing 20 per cent-25 per cent.

Mechanisation of farm activity was the only way out to steer clear of the labour shortage and the 50 per cent subsidy should cover purchase of farm equipment such as coffee harvesters and weed cutters.

Copies of the memorandum have been sent to the Prime Minister, the United Progressive Alliance Chairperson, the Union Finance Minister, the Chief Minister of the State, the Union Commerce Minister, the Mysore MP and elected representatives from Kodagu.

– The Hindu

Coffee growers announce ‘deadline’ for coffee package

Madikeri, Nov 19 : Coffee growers in Kodagu, the highest coffee producing district in the country, have given an ultimatum of December 10, for the Union government to fulfill their demands which mainly comprise of announcement of the Coffee Package.

Addressing a press conference here today Kodagu Coffee Growers Federation Joint Secretary Pandanda Naresh said if the union government did not heed to their demands the growers would launch a indefinite stir.

He said the center should release Rs 504 crore towards the package before December 10.

The growers also demanded the State government to fulfill their demand of repair of the roads which were in a bad state in the district, and provide relief towards rain related damages and free them of power crisis.

He said that the deputy commissioner has confirmed that Rs 12.55 crore is in his hand towards rain relief. But the same could not be distributed as the government was yet to clarify certain guidelines.

Growers were suffering due to government apathy in clearing such issues, he said.

Madikeri taluk Association president Panathale Vishwanath said that growers would chalk out a new line of protest with the support of other people if the governments failed to fulfill their demands.

-UNI

Kodagu oranges: In the shadows of coffee plantations

Coorg Oranges

Coorg Oranges

Farmers in the state are disappointed by the central government’s scheme of distributing Nagpur orange saplings as part of the Horticultural Mission’s objectives to encourage orange farming. 

 

 

Much as the Nanjanagud rasabale (banana) is popular, so is Kodagu’s orange.  The horticultural department, however, is distributing free Nagpur orange saplings to farmers of the district. This has sparked off a lot of debate among farmers here.

Where are the oranges?
Kodagu’s farmers were known to grow oranges in the coffee plantations. Today, the situation has changed drastically. Kodagu oranges are hard to come by. The other reason is that most of the orange plantations here are pest-ridden. Farmers who would get a yield of tens of truckloads of oranges today get a meagre four truckloads of oranges.

Orange farms have vanished in small holdings. Today, Kodagu oranges are smaller, less tasty and their colour seems to have changed too.

The Kodagu orange is now being grown in Tamil Nadu and Kerala too. The oranges have a huge demand in the markets there, especially between the months of November and February.

In Kodagu, though, coffee is always the first preference for farmers. Oranges are the lesser crop here. According to agricultural scientists from the Chettaiah horticultural centre, the graining pest is the principal reason for the loss of orange crops.

“There was a time when we grew Kodagu oranges on an eight-ten acre farm and sell at least 40 to 50 tonnes of oranges. The plants grown over the last few years, however, fetch fruit only for three-four years, “ explains Napoklu’s orange farmer, Biddetanda Dinesh.
 
[Source: DHNS]

Growers plan Kodagu bundh on Nov 16

CoorgKodagu Growers Federation has warned for calling Kodagu bundh on November 16 if the government fails to announce special package to Coffee by November 15. 

 

Addressing reporters, Federation office-bearers Naresh said Centre has been delaying the announcement of the package for the last one year. Banks will initiate tough action if the loan is not waived off/paid by December. This will have an impact on the growers.

District administration and elected representatives should pressurise the Centre to announce the package by November 15, he added. Whole economy of Kodagu is dependent on coffee. All the business establishments and vehicle owners should voluntarily take part in the bundh, he appealed.

Coffee Board former vice-president Dr Sannuvanda Kaveriappa said coffee growers are yet to revive from the steep fall in the price in 2002. The value of interest has gone up when compared to the loan in banks.
After the farmers committed suicide, under Vidarbha package, Rs 2,650 crore special grants were released to the six districts. Of which Rs 400 crore was distributed to each district. However, the funds were not utilised properly. He said in 2008, a sum of Rs 1,236.53 crore was sent to the Centre for loan waiver.

Federation President Kattimandaiah urged the district administration to release the available Rs 13 crore after seeking approval from government.
 

[Source: Deccan Herald]