A.P. Forest Development Corporation Ltd



Coffee Plantations

Andhra Pradesh is non-traditional area for growing coffee. Coffee is grown in the agency areas of Chintapalli, Paderu and Maredumilli of Visakhapatnam and East Godavari Districts in Andhra Pradesh.

The main objective to introduce coffee was to wean away the tribals from felling of forests for shifting cultivation (Podu) by providing them gainful employment round the year.

The AP Forest Department had raised coffee plantations over an area of 1296 ha. as an under crop from 1960 to 1978. These plantations were handed over to AP Forest Development Corporation for maintenance. Further, during the period from 1979 to 1984, APFDC had also raised the plantations to an extent of 2714 ha. Thus, at present with 4010 ha., of coffee plantations, APFDC is the single largest grower of coffee in Andhra Pradesh and also in the non-traditional areas for growing Coffee.

The following are the Division-wise Plantations of Coffee as on 31.03.2024.




Area in ha.





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Yield of Coffee:

The yield per hectare from APFDC Plantations is about 150 kgs per Ha.  In order to improve the yields from these plantations further, i.e., upto 600 - 800 kgs., per hectare, APFDC has embarked upon a programme of planting high yielding varieties of coffee i.e. S5, S9 and Chandragiri.

Coffee plantations located in the agency areas are not only generating wage employment to the local tribals, protecting the forest area from encroachment, but also providing a coverage of insurance against soil erosion and helping in moisture conservation.  The following are the details of Coffee yields and revenues realized during the past five years.




Yield  (in MT)

Revenue  (Rs. in lakhs)
















2016-17 543.4990 1047.40
2017-18 333.6300 540.90
2018-19 384.8400 577.18
2019-20 234.8500 477.48


Coffee has good domestic and international markets. The price of coffee in the domestic market is dependent to a large extent on the prevailing price in the international market.

APFDC has bagged "FLAVOUR OF INDIA - THE FINE CUP AWARD" during the years 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. The recognition for the State at International Level for APFDC Coffee will go a long way in promoting Coffee Sales in the years to come.

APFDC started selling Coffee through e-auction from 2015-16 season on Neml e-platform.



Sri Nara Chandrababu Naidu

Hon'ble Chief Minister

Government Of Andhra Pradesh

Global Tender cum eAuction of Red Sander Wood New

Coffee plantations: A boon to tribal people
Coffee plantations raised in 4,000-odd hectares by the Andhra Pradesh Forest Development Corporation (APFDC) in seven mandals in the Agency area is a great boon to tribal women and men.

High Level Eucalyptus Clonal Plantation
APFDC had been raising Industrial Plantations of Eucalyptus and Bamboo so far covering an area of 48,000 ha and 10,000 ha respectively. The plantations raised through seed in the past have given an average yield of only 10 MT/ha at the rotation age of 8/9 years as against projected yields of 40 MT/ha. The yield from subsequent rotations is only ⅓ rd to ¼th of first rotation.