A crop shortfall and higher international demand are raising robusta coffee prices while arabica prices, which had fallen in the past few months, are going up again.
An extensive dry spell has affected the sowing of chilli, turmeric, cardamom & pepper, as rains have been weak this season in southern states.
Chilli exports from India are on steroids thanks to increased buying from China, which is struggling to meet its own requirement.
Farm input companies are feeling the pinch of deficient monsoon rains with sales plunging 30%-50% for the season.
Producing more value-added products from coconut will increase the income of the farmers. The Philippines and Sri Lanka have been quite successful in this.
There is intense competition from other remunerative crops. In Malaysia, cultivation of oil palms is on the rise, says Romulo N Arancon.
Despite record cardamom exports and high domestic demand, the inventory has still not been emptied.
Coffee exporters say the second quarter will be worse than the first as far as shipments are concerned.
Indian seafood exports touched Rs 16,500 cr in 2011-12 with Southeast Asia toppling Europe as the largest buyer of Indian marine products.
Natural rubber prices crashed last week on concerns of excess supply and lower demand. While a drop in global prices has made imports attractive.
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