Upputhara (Idukki): The coffee plants which had bloomed in high range about one and a half months ago have bloomed again. Following this, the harvest season will be split in two phases next year.
The coffee plants bloomed in the second week of January due to some unexpected climate change. The farmers were in crisis as the plants bloomed during the harvest season.
Many flowers fell off while harvesting ripe coffee cherries. With this, the farmers left some plants unharvested so that the newly bloomed flowers would turn into cherries. But, the coffee cherries which were already ripe started falling off by the time.
The next year’s harvest can be done only after a gap of one and a half months. This will cause additional expense to the farmers.
The summer rainfall occurred the other day resulted in the unexpected blooming of coffee plants. If rainfall do not occur within a week, the bloomed flowers are likely to get dried.