The country had shipped 18,979 tons in the same month of the previous year, the data showed.

In value terms, exports rose to Rs 393.70 crore in January this year from Rs 304.70 crore in the year-ago period, even as unit realization was down at Rs 1, 50,496 per ton.
     
"Exports remained high as global prices improved and have remained stable since last one month. International prices have gone up on expectation of lower crop in Brazil," Board's
chairman Jawaid Akhtar said.

Currently, harvesting is underway in the country and normally small growers try to sell off their produce. This is also one of the key reasons for higher exports, he said.
     
Akhtar, who also heads International Coffee Organization (ICO), said the production forecast for Brazil, the world's largest coffee producer, has been revised downward for this year to below 48 million bags from earlier 58 million bags.
     
With this development, arabica prices in the global market rose to around 130 cents per pound now from 110 cents per pound a month back, he added.
     
According to the latest board data, shipment of robusta coffee rose by over 90 percent to Rs 10,101 tons in January this year from Rs 5,306 tons in the year-ago period.
     
Similarly, export of arabica coffee increased by over 46 percent to 9,200 tons from Rs 6,290 tons in the review period. But export of instant coffee remained down at 6,838 tons as against 7,356 tons in the same period.

Maximum coffee was exported to Italy (5,675 tons), followed by Germany (2,621 tons), Belgium (2,109 tons), Jordan (1,674 tons), Turkey (1,646 tons) and Russian Federation (1,309 tons) in January 2014, the data showed.

During the April-January period of this fiscal, the country's total coffee exports increased to 2, 41,956 tons as against 2, 25,570 tons in the year-ago period.
     
Currently, arabica harvesting is almost over in the country, while robusta picking is continuing.

The board has pegged total output at 3,11,500 tons for 2013-14 crop year (October-September), down by 2.1 percent from 3,18,200 tons produced in 2012-13.

(Agencies)

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