Kalpetta: The coffee plants in the district have blossomed offseason owing to the untimely climatic conditions of snow and rains. This will lead to a decrease in the quantity and quality of the plant. According to the statistics of Coffee Board, 20 to 65 per cent of the coffee plantations in Vythiri taluk, 40 to 45 per cent in Mananthavady taluk and 20 to 30 per cent in Bathery taluk have already blossomed. Though the plants have bloomed, the coffee berries formation will depend on the rains.
Coffee Board has warned that there will be drought in the plantation due to lack of rain which will lead to an increase in the peaberries of ‘B’ grade quality. Coffee plant should get rain within 15 to 20 days after blooming. Otherwise, the colour of the flowers will be changed and the quality of berries will be affected. Low moisture level and high temperature will also affect the blooms.
Coffee Board has instructed that irrigation must be done to increase production. Irrigation should be carried out in a scale of 25-40 mm in February and 25 mm after 15-20 days.