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Kalpetta: Coffee farmers across the state breathed a sigh of relief after the demand and price of coffee beans increased steadily in the international market.
The rate of raw coffee beans increased to Rs 125 per kg, processed Coffee beans to Rs 220 per kg and Coffee bags (54 kg) to Rs 6,750. The average rate has been increased by Rs 50 per kg for coffee beans and around Rs 1000 for coffee bags.
The demand for coffee increased in the international market following recent crop failures in Vietnam, one of the largest coffee producers in the world. Every year, around 57,000 tons of coffee is produced in Kerala, with the majority of export from Wayanad.
Prasanth Rajesh, director of the Wayanad Coffee Growers Association, said that production in the district reduced by 30 per cent owing to various factors. He asked the government to take up measures to strengthen the market and adopt new models to regulate the existing system.