ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Coffee Low Crop Brings Little Cheer

THE centre's decision to pare the export duty on coffee from Rs 10,000 to Rs 6,000 per tonne has come not a day too soon. Faced with a grim global scenario, the growers have for too long been arguing, though unsuccessfully, for the abolition of the export duty. The government's decision must have come as a relief to them, though they may not have been cheered by the quan-tum of relief. It may be recalled that at the 93rd annual meet of the United Planters Association of South India (UPAS!) at Coonoor in September last, the union minister for commerce, Brahm Dutt, had flatly rejected the pleas of the UPASI for slashing the export duty. Viewed in this con-text, the present gesture of the government underlines the continuing gravity of the situation the coffee growers are in.

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