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    May 31st, 2012adminEducation, Records, All

    Akshay Rao secured the top place in the science stream scoring 582 marks followed by M.B. Pavan with 578 marks and N.D. Bopanna with 577 marks in Kodagu district.

    All three were students of Vidyaniketan PU College in Gonicoppa in Virajpet taluk.

    In the Commerce section, K.K. Anita of St. Michael’s PU College, Madikeri, came first scoring 575 marks. Second place was shared by C. Pooja Charmanna of Srimangala PU College (574 marks) and R.P. Sonali of St. Joseph’s PU College, Madikeri. Third place shared by P. Chaitra (573) of St. Joseph’s PU College, Madikeri and B.A. Suramya of the St. Michael’s PU College, Madikeri.

    In the Arts section, K.V. Shobha of Nellihudikeri Government PU College emerged topper by scoring 532 marks. K.C. Balakrishna Nayak of Sampaje PU College and K.M. Jasmina of Kodlipet PU College shared the second place at 526 while K.J. Pavita (521) of Vigneshwara PU College in Shanivarasante, Somwarpet taluk, got the third place.

    Kodagu district recorded 73.11 pass percentage in the second PU exams with girls outnumbering boys in terms of pass percentage securing 79.76 per cent passes against 66.09 per cent scored by the boys.

    Kodagu stood fourth in the State last year.

    A total of 5,433 students took the examinations in the district and 3,972 passed, an official press release said here.

    There were 2,791 girls who wrote second PU exams of which 2,226 passed. Among 2,642 boys, as many as 1,746 passed.

    source: http://www.TheHindu.com / National> Karnataka / by Hindu Staff Correspondent / Mysore, May 25th, 2012

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    May 31st, 2012adminSports

    When the Indian hockey squad, which included young Kodava V Raghunath, did not qualify for the 2008 Olympics, he went into something of a depression. “I felt victimized,” says Raghunath, adding, “I couldn’t digest the criticism coming our way.

    We were the only (Indian) team that could have to Beijing, and when we failed to qualify, people were hard on us.”

    But Raghunath got back to focusing on the game and his goal was the 2012 London Olympics. “Some of the members of the 2008 team have retired, but five of us from that old team have been retained and will go to London,” says Raghunath. While the 2008 disqualification kept playing on his mind till recently, Raghunath and his team could barely sleep the night they qualified for the London Olympics.

    The team, which has been training hard under the observant eye of Michael Nobbs and David John, has a newfound confidence.

    “The team has been performing well mentally and physically. At the end of the day, it’s all about mind games and we are training really hard this time,” says Raghunath, who has also been training in high-altitude places with lower levels of oxygen. He adds, “Strength training is our primary focus and some of us have gained weight, while others have lost some.”

    It is also interesting to know that since they have qualified for the Olympics, the members of the Indian hockey team have been receiving quite a few sponsorship offers. “A lot of corporates have come forward to support us, but we need to win a lot of tournaments. That is when they will push the game,” says Raghunath.

    He feels that promoting hockey in india is important, but adds that it will happen only when the hockey team makes winning a habit. Quiz him about the popularity that cricket commands over the national game and the young lad is quick to say, “I never compare sports. For me, at the end of the day, wearing the country’s jersey is important.” But it does help when celebrities promote a particular game, to which Raghunath replies, “Actor Suniel Shetty recently got signed up as the ambassador for Indian hockey and I think it will definitely go a long way in popularizing the game.”

    Raghunath’s father, who was also a hockey player himself, encouraged his son to get into the game and today he is a happy man. Raghunath also feels that the training he has received in Bangalore is what has helped him become a better player. “Karnataka is doing well in hockey and the state is encouraging the game. Five members of the hockey team going to London are from here,” says Raghunath, who has got a lot more from the game than what he has given. “We are looking for a podium finish this year,” he signs off.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / Home> Sports> Hockey / by Taniya Talukdar / TNN, May 27th, 2012

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    May 31st, 2012adminCoffee News, Coffee, Kodagu (Coorg)

    The results are in and have recently been published in the Hindu Business Line.

    The winner of the Flavour of India Fine Cup Award has been decided.

    This is a competition which has been organised by the Coffee Board of India on an annual basis, to promote the production of high-end gourmet quality coffee.

    The aim?

    To introduce these fine coffees to the international coffee industry.

    And the results are in for this year… Who won?

    The Pedabayalu Coffee has been awarded the best in region for this year.

    The coffee is grown in the Visakhapatnam district in the Araku region.

    The judges who made this decision were an international jury and they met in Melbourne in Australia.

    It was chosen in the Arabica general category of coffee – the arabica bean, of course, is one of the favourites in coffee circles.

    This Visakhapatnam district has some 4,000 hectares of coffee and takes the matter seriously.

    There are around 3,000 families who work on these coffee plantations and they are obviously doing a good job.

    What happens now?

    The coffees which have been decreed as being outstanding, such as Pedabayalu coffee, will be chosen on a national level for ‘final cupping.’

    This will take place by an international jury of well-regarded Cup Tasters from around the globe.

    Hopefully, the Flavour of Fine Cup Award winner will do well on this occasion too.

    Whatever the outcome at the final cupping, the profile of Indian gourmet coffee has been raised.

    Posted by Clive on Monday the 28th May 2012

    source: http://www.worldcoffeenews.com / by Clive / Monday, May 28th, 2012

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    Chepudira Ponnappa was one of the four dewans in the court of Chikka Veerarajendra, the last raja of Kodagu. During his later years, he was no longer the king’s favourite counsel. However, when the British marched into Madikeri, they chose to continue the services of Ponnappa and other officials, writes C P Belliappa.

    Chepudira Ponnappa was one of the four dewans in the court of the last raja of Kodagu, Chikka Veerarajendra. The other three were Dewan Apparanda Bopanna, Dewan Laxminarayana and Dewan Basavanna.

    Dewan Ponnappa was a colourful personality. As a teenager, he attracted the attention of Chikka Veerarajendra’s grandfather Lingaraja, when he accompanied the raja on a hunting expedition. They were camping by the side of a stream and the raja was in a relaxed mood. At a distance, a herd of buffaloes was grazing. A crow sat on the back of one of the buffaloes. Lingaraja asked if anyone could shoot the crow without hurting the buffalo. Young Ponnappa took the challenge and impressed the raja with his marksmanship. He was immediately inducted into the army and rose rapidly in the ranks.
    He was appointed an army commander during the end of Dodda Veerarajendra’s reign. When Lingarajendra succeeded his brother, Ponnappa was elevated as a dewan.

    Ponnappa married Cheyyavva from the Kodendera family. By 1800, they had three sons and four daughters. Ponnappa had additional responsibilities of collecting land revenue and in enforcing law and order. For this task, he had to be away from home for long periods of time. Cheyyavva, a formidable lady, took on the responsibilities of looking after their vast paddy fields during her husband’s absence. Ponnappa had built a large house in Kirgoor, and at the time it was one of the best constructions. There is an interesting story about the carpenter who built the house. The same carpenter carried out substantial work at the raja’s palace. After settling his dues, the raja gave him a paltry bonus. The carpenter supposedly commented later, “What kind of a raja is this. His official: Ponnappa tipped me with double the number of gold coins.” The raja was furious when he heard this, but by then, the carpenter had safely returned to Kerala!

    During one of Ponnappa’s extended tours, he camped in a remote village for a week. He was the guest of the village headman who belonged to the Manjera family. The headman’s beautiful young daughter Somavva was serving food to the important visitor; and Ponnappa was smitten by the attractive damsel. Ponnappa, then in his 30s, mustered all his courage to ask the headman for his daughter’s hand in marriage.
    Somavva’s father and Manjera family members were elated at this offer from the powerful and prosperous Ponnappa even though their daughter would be his second wife. The village elders insisted on the marriage taking place immediately, and Somavva gave her much feigned coy assent. Ponnappa extended his stay and the villagers enthusiastically started preparations for the wedding. There was excitement all round. Their new influential ‘son-in-law of the village’ was heartily felicitated.

    A week later, it dawned on Ponnappa that he now had the delicate task of facing his first wife along with his new bride! As he approached his house in Kirgoor, an unsuspecting Cheyyavva came out to greet her husband who had been away for over a month. When Cheyyavva saw Ponnappa with a demure Somavva still in her bridal finery by his side, she flew into a rage. She brandished an odi katthi (sword) and stood menacingly near the entrance. Ponnappa had to retreat, and he soon undertook construction of another house, identical to the one built earlier, to start a family with Somavva. He had four sons and three daughters with Somavva.

    Disillusioned dewan

    By 1830, Ponnappa was disillusioned with the erratic and despotic rule of Chikka Veerarajendra. By then, he was 66 years old and distanced himself from playing an active part in the administration though he continued as a dewan. Chikka Veerarajendra listened more to the uncouth Dewan Basavanna who was his childhood companion and a kennel-keeper. Basavanna was intensely disliked by the citizens who referred to him as Kunta Basava since he had a limp.

    The young raja had gone on a collision course with the British who were well-entrenched in the neighbouring areas of Karnataka and Kerala. In 1833, Chikka Veerarajendra angered the British by taking Kulpally Karunakara Menon, an emissary of the British East India Company, as hostage. Karunakara Menon warned the raja not to antagonise the British. In Menon’s famous words: “The British had the capacity to raise troops which could outnumber the trees in Kodagu! Ill advised by Dewan Basavanna, Chikka Veerarajendra remained defiant and demanded the British to hand over his brother-in-law and sister who had been given asylum in Mysore. Chikka Veerarajendra accused his brother-in-law of hatching a plot to overthrow him. By early 1834, the British decided to attack Kodagu. British troops encircled Kodagu from Mysore, Kodlipet, Kannur and Mangalore. A besieged raja called Dewan Ponnappa for advice. Dewan Ponnappa’s counsel was to immediately and unconditionally release Karunakara Menon. He was candid that the British could not be countered militarily. This enraged Dewan Basavanna who suddenly struck Dewan Ponnappa. Seventy-year-old Ponnappa momentarily lost consciousness but soon recovered. Without uttering another word, he walked out of Madikeri fort. This was a defining moment in the history of Kodagu. Dewan Bopanna and other Kodava elders were appalled and they agreed it would be better if the administration of Kodagu was taken over by the British. They decided not to resist the impending British intervention. On April 10, 1834, the East India Company under Colonel J S Fraser marched into Madikeri fort and announced the ouster of Chikka Veerarajendra. Kodagu was annexed and the raja was permanently exiled from his kingdom.

    The British very diplomatically continued the services of Dewan Ponnappa, Dewan Bopanna and many other Kodava officials. Dewan Ponnappa lived to a ripe-old age of eighty-four. Before he died in 1847, his first wife Cheyyavva extracted a promise from him and her sons. Cheyyavva wanted to be buried closer to Ponnappa’s grave than her bête noire Somavva! This wish was fulfilled. The graves of Ponnappa’s two wives are located on either side of his tomb with that of Cheyyavva being closer by a foot!

    His legacy

    One of Ponnappa’s sons, Madayya was very influential, and in 1866, he renamed a small hamlet known as Balelesanthe (a place famous for selling banana leaves – an important commodity those days) as: Ponnappanapete after his illustrious father. Over the years, it transformed to Ponnampet and is currently a flourishing town in Kodagu. Chepudira family members installed a statue of Dewan Ponnappa in Ponnampet when the clan hosted the Kodava Hockey Festival in the town in 2000. Not to be forgotten, of course, is the fact that in 1957, Dewan Ponnappa’s great-great-granddaughter’s son, K S Thimayya, took charge as the Chief of Army Staff of India!

    source: http://www.DeccanHerald.com / Home> Supplements> Spectrum / 25th, May 2012

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    Nidhi Subbaiah
    After her foray into Bollywood with yet-to-be-released ‘Oh My God’, Sandalwood actress Nidhi Subbaiah is striving to gain a foothold in the Hindi film industry with her second film to be directed by Sanjay Gadhvi of ‘Dhoom’ fame.

    As she shoots for ‘Ajab Gazabb Love’ opposite Jackky Bhagnani, Nidhi is loving every moment in Mumbai. “This is my fourth month in the city. I am enjoying the fast-paced life of Mumbai. I am at the right place at the right time. I’m not missing Bangalore or Coorg as of now, except for the food and weather,” she adds.

    Elaborating on her current project, Nidhi says, “It’s a remake of a romcom flick in Telugu, Seema Tapakai. Presently, 60 per cent of the shoot is complete and we’ll be flying abroad soon for rest of the shoot.”

    Nidhi has completed shoot for her first film, ‘Oh My God’, and is now busy with workshops and costume fittings. The doe-eyed beauty is loving every moment of it as she basks in the glory of a big break. “Any girl who wants to be a heroine would like to take a shot at Bollywood for its wide reach,” she says.

    Ask about her current favourite in Bollywood, and she says Arjun Rampal. He plays an important role in ‘Ajab Gazabb Love’, along with Arshad Warsi. “I have just finished one schedule with him. He’s so hot and has an amazing screen presence. We have a lot of female crew members who, when he dashes into the sets, become speechless,” says Nidhi.

    Although a new face in Mumbai industry, she claims she didn’t face any casting couch issues. “It might have been in the nineties. This is a new age and conducive for talent. Casting couch exists even in the corporate world. It is how you look at it and achieve your goals by taking the hard route.”

    The Kannada actress is staying all alone in Mumbai and says she is comfortable with the space she is in now. “My mother keeps coming and going. I have lot of cousins and friends residing here. Jackky is my only friend in the industry. Soon, I will be making more friends,” she says.

    Nidhi has not worked in any other south Indian film before heading to Bollywood. “Probably, I was destined to be here and I took it with both hands,” she says, adding, “My experience in Sandalwood has really helped me to reach this far.”
    Comparing the current remuneration in Sandalwood with that of Bollywood, Nidhi says, “I have come here with a few years of experience in Kannada films. This is my second film in Hindi, so, right now, I am a nobody. Once I become somebody, I will talk about money.”

    Back home in Sandalwood, her latest film, Anna Bond, released to a good opening. “I have not yet watched the film, but some fans didn’t like me dying in the film. They said: ‘We felt like leaving the movie hall that very moment.’ I have done justice to my role, but the saddest part was that they had to kill my character,” says Nidhi.

    From now on, she will be seen in Kannada films only if some good projects come her way. “For a while, I will be busy shooting and promoting my Hindi film. I would always love to be part of a good film, especially if Yograj Bhat makes a Pancharangi sequel or Puneeth wants me in a future project,” she says.

    For this ambitious actress, it’s a new place with new projects, but Nidhi is yet to find a life companion. “Mumbai is a new home and for a heroine, being single is good,” she signs off.

    source: http://www.expressbuzz.com / Expressbuzz> Showbuzz> Kannada / by A Sharadhaa / Express News Service / May 27th, 2012

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    May 31st, 2012adminCoffee News, Coffee, Kodagu (Coorg)


    Javed Akhtar, Chairman of Coffee Board

    IN the late 1960s and early 1970s, good grade coffee beans and powder were in short supply in India. One could buy them only at specially established coffee depots. There would be long queues at these depots to collect a token to purchase the beans or powder. The beans would be taken home, roasted, ground by manual grinders and then used to produce the best-smelling, best-tasting filter coffee. Today, coffee is in abundance, and there is a wide variety of beans to choose from, thanks to improved methods of cultivation, increased production and the liberalisation of the Indian coffee industry.

    The credit for promoting the flavour of coffee must go to the Coffee Board of India. Set up under an Act of Parliament in 1942, the Coffee Board is an autonomous body functioning under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Its main focus is on basic and applied research in coffee, quality upgradation and promotion of coffee in the domestic and international markets. The Coffee Board until 1995 had a pool (controlled) marketing system for coffee. With economic liberalisation, coffee production became a strictly private sector activity. The board’s Central Coffee Research Institute, located in Chikmagalur district in Karnataka, is one of the premier coffee research institutes in the world.

    The Coffee Board will, without doubt, be one of the star attractions at GIM 2012, promoting coffee and showcasing its many flavours. On the eve of the GIM, Javed Akhtar, the Coffee Board Chairman, took some time off to speak to Frontline. Excerpts from the interview:

    What plans does the board have to promote coffee?

    Coffee consumption in the country has been growing at a rate of 5 to 6 per cent a year. At present, coffee consumption is over one lakh tonnes a year. From being a traditional beverage consumed mainly in south India, coffee has become a trendy beverage with a national presence, consumed in several forms. Its strong presence in the domestic market provides many avenues for enterprise development.

    What has facilitated this growth in consumption?

    The growth of the domestic market has been possible through the promotion of awareness and consumption of pure coffee. This has been done through generic promotional campaigns using mass media and participation in domestic events and festivals. To facilitate entrepreneurial development in the coffee value chain, the Coffee Board has been training people in coffee roasting and brewing. This business vertical is complemented by providing support for setting up roasting units.

    The Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia has suggested that tea be declared the national drink.

    I am not aware of any drink being declared as the national drink. Anyway, we don’t position coffee as competing with any drink.

    How do you plan to attract investors to the coffee industry?

    The strong growth in coffee consumption is throwing open opportunities for value addition. The outlook for this sector is much more attractive, given the continuing industry dynamism. The interest in the domestic coffee market can be seen by the high level of investment in the sector with the establishment of a Lavazza unit, the entry of Starbucks [which has a tie-up with Tata Coffee] and the arrival of Dunkin’ Donuts [a United States-based coffee and baked-goods chain]. It is also seen that the existing coffee retailers such as Café Coffee Day, Costa Coffee, Coffee Bean &Tea Leaf, Gloria Jean’s Coffee, Aromas, Au Bon Pain and Testa Rossa are planning to expand their businesses to capitalise on this enthusiasm for coffee. At the same time, small and medium roasting units and stand-alone cafes are also finding their way into niche coffee market development.

    Growers complain of a lack of stability in coffee prices.

    The price of coffee has never been stable. It depends on demand and supply, the quantity and quality of harvest, the powerful and influential secondary markets in London and New York. Though coffee is grown in developing countries, it is consumed in developed countries, so the state of the economy of these countries goes a long way in determining the price of coffee. What is needed to be provided to the grower is good/adequate returns in capital and labour costs.

    Growers complain of a cartelisation of prices by big growers.

    There are around 74 or 75 coffee exporters, among whom 10 are big. But there is no cartelisation of prices. There is also no abnormality of prices and it is a free and mature market.

    Ravi Sharma

    source: http://www.frontline.in / vol.29 , issue. 11 , june 02-15, 2012

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    200 officers participate

    G.V. Sugoor, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Development), inaugurating a workshop on Afforestation of agricultural land, organised by the Forest Department at the Aranya Bhavan in Ashokapuram in city this morning as (from left) CF Vijay Kumar, CCF Cariappa, CCF (Chamarajanagar) Dilip Kumar Das, CCF K.H. Nagaraj, DCF D.S. Gaonkar and ACF C.P. Durgegowda look on.
    Picture shows a section of officers attending the workshop.
    Mysore, May 30

    A day-long workshop for Forest Officers on ‘Afforestation of agricultural land’ organised by the Forest Department began this morning at Aranya Bhavan in Ashokapuram here.

    Inaugurating the workshop, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests G.V. Sugoor said “The scheme started during 2011-12 is aimed to motivate farmers to plant trees in their agricultural lands.”

    He further said that a minimum of 400 saplings should be planted per hectare and the department will provide the approved variety of saplings to the farmers along with Rs. 10 per sapling as an incentive.

    Apart from this, the farmers will get Rs. 15 and Rs. 20 during the subsequent two years based on good maintenance of the saplings, said the Addl. PCCF adding that Mysore district has topped in performance with 49 lakh saplings planted last year.

    Sugoor advised the participating officers to meet the farmers and motivate them on the novel concept. He also asked them to maintain the nursery in good condition.

    Taking a strong objection to the absence of forest officers from Kodagu district, Sugoor said that they would be issued notices.

    About 200 DCFs, ACFs and RFOs of Mysore, Mandya and Hassan are attending.

    CCF Dilip Kumar Das and CCF K.H. Nagaraj were present

    source: http://www.StarofMysore.com / General News / may 30th, 2012

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    Madikeri Taluk Budakattu Krishikara Sangha president Kudiyara Muthappa said that the district will not receive the World Heritage Site tag in the near future.
    He told reporters here on Wednesday that they received an official note from UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee which stated that they had received global objections to the issue, including from the district.

    Hence, the highest deciding body on the tag has decided to drop the proposal.
    The Ministry of Environment and Forest can submit a fresh proposal for nomination after three years in this regard, he added.

    The Sangha had submitted a joint appeal to UNESCO opposing the tag in their respective areas quoting the reason as lack of implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People in the context of UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention.

    The main objection raised by the Sangha was that the local people weren’t taken into confidence nor were they informed about the tag, he said.
    Even after six years, the Recognition of Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers Act-2006 had not been implemented and those who were living in the forest and adjoining areas were being evicted citing various Forest and Wildlife Acts, he alleged.

    This was the main objection raised in the letter to UNESCO. Denying forest rights is a sheer violation of human rights of adivasis and other forest dwellers, he added.
    Hence, the World Heritage Committee decided to defer on the nominations and called upon the Union Government to consult and collaborate with indigenous people.

    He also released copies of the letter they had written and the replies too.
    He also released the letter written by Union Minister for Tribal Affairs V Kishore Chandra Deo to all the Chief Ministers of the country quoting various problems in the implementation of the Recognition of Forest Act.

    It may be recalled that the district was included in the list of World Heritage Sites as it is covered by the Western Ghats.

    source: http://www.ibnlive.in.com / Home> South> Southern News> Karnataka / The New Indian Express, Express News Service / Karnataka, May 31st, 2012

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    He had embraced Hinduism out of choice

    The body of an Israeli priest who got converted to Hinduism out of choice after being influenced by Hinduism, was cremated at Hosur near Ammathi on Wednesday morning.

    Itamar Oran Narada Muni (67) was cremated as per the Hindu rituals in the land belonging to local residentKuppanda Rajappa. Eight associates of Itamar along with villagers were present during the cremation.

    As per the law, the Associates had taken permission from the Central government and Athur Gram Panchayat to cremate the body.

    Itamar was residing in Israel during his last days. He had expressed his desire to be cremated in Karnataka.

    Though he had died on April 24, his Associates who had kept the body in mortuary were searching suitable land for cremation.

    Though his associates had decided to cremate the body at Koodige Mallenahalli near Kushalnagar, there was stiff opposition from the villagers.

    source: http://www.DeccanHerald.com / Home> District / DHNS, Gonikoppa / May 30th, 2012

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    May 31st, 2012adminCoffee News


    Coffee in the North, tea in the South. In a reversal of preferences, more coffee is being consumed in North India while tea is gradually becoming the preferred drink of the South. And it’s by choice, say industry experts.

    Coffee consumption has gone up by 6% in the past few years while tea consumption has shown a 3% annual growth, with both registering thumping increase in hitherto lean-consumption regions. A recent survey by Coffee Board of India, Bangalore shows that of late, more than 50% growth has come from non-South regions. The count of casual coffee drinkers has increased significantly in the past few years in the non-South regions.

    “Growth opportunities lie with occasional drinkers and more so in North, East and West of India, which are potential segments to tap”, said a coffee board official.

    It’s a similar story in tea. Karnataka records a per capita consumption of 822gm and features in the second highest tea consuming states category. These are in the 800-1,000gm category and include Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan.

    “India is the world’s largest consumer of tea in terms of volume. The domestic market growth has been very significant with non-southern states definitely showing a substantial growth,” G Boraiah, director, development, Tea Board of India, Kolkata, told TOI.

    Reasons for shift

    “Tea is high on medicinal value. Cities like Bangalore boast of a huge youth base, with access to literature and online information, and they’re perhaps making a conscious decision to switch to tea,” said Boraiah. Significantly, older people in the South still swear by coffee. South India continues to have the largest number of coffee drinkers.

    “Tea contains anti-oxidants which are beneficial to the human body,” said V G Dhanakumar, director, Indian Institute of Plantation Management (IIPM), Bangalore. An initiative of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, IIPM is co-promoted by the commodity boards viz. Coffee Board, Rubber Board, Tea Board and Spices Board and Plantation Industry Association.

    The growing popularity of coffee, including in the North-East (known to be the biggest tea consumers) can be attributed to the many international coffee chains. In southern states, with a rise in migrant population, coffee is steadily giving way tea.

    “Thanks to visibility, interest and growing popularity, coffee consumption has grown thanks to increasing number of coffee bars and cafes. The primary reason has been a significant shift in demographics, increased urbanization and greater disposable income levels,” said a coffee board official.

    Coffee Trends

    * Consumption has shown an annual average growth of about 6% in past decade — from 70,000 MT (metric tonnes) to 1,02,000 MT till 2009

    * Consumption has increased in six years by about 32,000 MT, of which more than 50% growth has come from non-south regions

    * Consumption has grown in non-south regions at 42% annually (5456 MT to 21,558 MT) while it has grown by 3.5% annually in southern states (64834 MT to 80538 MT)

    (Source: Coffee Board of India, Bangalore)

    Tea Tale

    Year Estimated consumption (at 3.7% growth)

















    (Consumption in million kg)

    (Source: Tea Board of India, Kolkata)

    source: http://www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / Home> City> Bangalore / TNN / May 29th, 2012

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