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Indian Coffee Growers Plan for Pest

July 1st, 2015

Indian Coffee Growers Plan for Pest

In India, the Commerce Ministry is getting ready to do battle with a common pest that rides the waves of sporadic rainy seasons and periodic hot weather.

The white stem borer is unique threat to Indian coffee production, and the Ministry has formed a committee, made up of both private sector interests and government officials, to examine scientific research and policies with the end goal of averting crop losses.

Not only is the government interested in saving coffee crops, but also improving the yield, since coffee is a valuable commercial product for this fast-growing nation.

Statistics show that the stem borer contributes to a loss of about half a million coffee plants each year.

Coffee drinkers are not necessarily picky about where they get their coffee, so the market is highly competitive.

The top three countries who consume Indian coffee are Russia, Italy and Germany.  Although India only produces five percent of the total world output, it does export most of its crops, up to 80%.

The committee promises to concentrate on recent research, and to use all scientific and technological resources available to study and eradicate the stem borer from Indian coffee crops.

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