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India's coffee exports up 11.51 per cent in April

India's coffee exports grew by 11.5 per cent year-on-year to USD 92.42 million in April this fiscal on account of strong demand in the global markets, compared with coffee shipped last April worth USD 82.88 million, according to the data from the commerce ministry.

In rupee terms, the exports recorded a growth of 8.22 per cent at Rs 596.17 crore in April. 

India mainly ships robusta and arabica varieties of coffee besides instant coffee. 

Though there are different flavours, robusta and Arabica are two most commercially grown beans with Arabica claiming 70% of coffee and Robusta beans costing less and easier to grow.

With endless coffee stalls in countless cities all about the globe, no wonder that coffee is one of the top commodities worldwide and it is considered globally third most consumed beverage after water and tea.

 

In the global coffee production where Brazil leads, India,  one of the top 10 coffee producers, accounts for about 4.5 percent of the world coffee production and the industry provides jobs for more than six lakh people.


India's major export destinations include Italy, Germany, Greece, Belgium, Spain and Switzerland. 

Coffee output in the 2016-17 crop year is estimated to decline to 3,16,700 tonnes from the record level of 3,48,000 tonnes achieved last year, due to severe drought in some key growing states, especially Karnataka. 

The country's tea exports too grew by 8.25 per cent to USD 49.74 million in April as compared to USD 45.95 million in the same month last year. 

India is the world's second biggest tea producer and also one of the largest consumers. 

 

The country exports CTC (crush- tear-curl) grade tea to countries like Egypt, the UK, and other traditional varieties to Iraq, Iran and Russia. 

 


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