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    November 16th, 2017adminCoffee News

    Itanagar :

    Coffee may soon replace tea in Kanubari if the present market trends continue as the tea growers are left at their receiving end, more so because the low price and shortage of laborers have seriously hit the farmers, said Chairman of Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Information Technology (APSCIT) and e-Governance Gabriel Denang Wangsu.

    “Kanubari so far known for its lush green tea gardens may soon get recognition for coffee,” observed Wangsu, who is also the local MLA, while describing coffee as a suitable and sustainable alternative of the present day economy.

    Addressing a team of officers from Coffee Board of India, State officials and public during various interactive sessions at Kanubari and Longhua village at Kanubari, the MLA said coffee offers scope for economic growth and helps in maintaining natural equilibrium, an official report stated.

    Calling upon the people to seriously take up coffee farming as one of the sources of sustenance by following the farming techniques and procedures, Wangsu said that forest and horticulture departments too would soon raise coffee nurseries with the help of Coffee Board.

    Joint Director of Coffee Board Dr C G Anand, who arrived at Kanubari from Bangaluru to study the feasibility of coffee cultivation, said that Kanubari area is suitable for growing robusta coffee and the success stories of other parts of India can be replicated in this region.

    Describing the first coffee nursery raised by a local entrepreneur Lempho Wangjen as beginning of a new chapter, Dr Anand assured all technical support from his office. Necessary aids and advices for raising coffee plantation would be made available at the doorsteps of the farmers, he assured.

    Deputy Director of Coffee Board, P P Choudhury said the 5-member team is here as a follow up of the initiation by the State Chief Minister Pema Khandu to encourage coffee cultivation in the State.

    10-15 farmers would soon be selected to undergo on-field training outside the State before coffee saplings are distributed for plantation, he said.

    “More than hundred farmers are already taking up coffee farming in Deomali area in Tirap district and many more are ready to venture into this cash crop,” he added.

    source: http://www.sentinelassam.in / The Sentinel / Home> Arunachal News> Story / by The Sentinel, The Staff Reporter / November 15th, 2017

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    November 16th, 2017adminCoffee News, World Opinion
    The coffee industry needed a big capital and comprehensive solutions to increase output and product quality. — Photo lehoicaphe.com

    The coffee industry needed a big capital and comprehensive solutions to increase output and product quality. — Photo lehoicaphe.com

    Hanoi :

    The coffee industry should improve output, quality and added value for an export turnover target of US$6 billion by 2030, said Lương Văn Tự, chairman of Việt Nam Coffee and Cocoa Association.

    Tự told the press meeting to introduce the first Việt Nam Coffee Day held in Hà Nội on Tuesday that the coffee industry has been growing impressively over the past three decades. Việt Nam’s coffee output made up just 1 per cent of world market shares in 1991, but that figure rose to nearly 20 per cent in the 2015-16 crop year.

    However, the industry has been affected by climate changes. Last year, the sector suffered the most severe drought in the past 30 years. Meanwhile, the areas of old coffee trees, which need to re-plant in the next five years, was up to 160,000 ha. The re-farming progress has been slow in the Central Highlands region.

    He said the industry should make great efforts to fulfil two main targets including maintaining its place as the second biggest producer and exporter of coffee beans in the world and stepping up the processing of instant and roasted coffee. These aim to increase export value from the current $3 billion to $6 billion by 2030.

    The chairman added that the coffee industry needed a big capital and comprehensive solutions to increase output and product quality.

    “If the investment speed in instant and roasted coffees is faster, time to meet the $6 billion target would be shortened. Currently, many foreign groups have been investing in Việt Nam’s coffee industry due to its abundant material areas and preferential tax,” he said.

    For example, Indian Tata Coffee Limited invested in an instant coffee processing plant with a total investment of $60 million in the southern province of Bình Dương.

    The organiser of Việt Nam Coffee Day said the first event is scheduled to take place in Đà Lạt City in the Central Highlands province of Lâm Đồng from December 9-11.

    The event, featuring many products of Việt Nam’s famous coffee localities nationwide, is described as an opportunity to promote products to domestic and international consumers, raising the value of Vietnamese goods in the international market.

    An international conference on the development of the coffee sector is scheduled to be held on the sidelines of the event, with the participation of representatives from coffee-producing countries and the International Coffee Organisation (ICO). — VNS

    source: http://www.vietnamnews.vn / Vietnam News / Home> Vietnam News> Economy / November 15th, 2017

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    November 11th, 2017adminBusiness & Economy, Coffee News
    With most of the coffee stock exhausted, exporters are waiting for the new crop.

    With most of the coffee stock exhausted, exporters are waiting for the new crop.

    Kochi :

    Coffee exporters are not enthused with the early arrival of coffee beans this time, as global prices of the commodity are on a downswing following reports of a good crop in Brazil, its largest producer.

    With most of the coffee stock exhausted, exporters are waiting for the new crop. But in a low-price situation, they fear they may not be able to take advantage of an early crop, particularly that of Arabica.

    “As the prices are dropping, exporters are not selling, though buyers may be interested. We hope that prices will improve after a few months,” said MP Devaiah, business head of coffee at Allanasons, a major coffee exporter.

    The price of coffee in the international market has been declining since August. Arabica futures prices at ICE New York stood at $1.22 per pound on November 1, down by 15-20% from earlier this year. Robusta prices, too, are showing a declining trend.

    TrendsKF11nov2017

    The picking of arabica beans, which normally start by the end of November, has already begun in the coffee producing states. “This time, it may be completed by the end of November, instead of in December,’’ said MM Chengappa, former chairman of Karnataka Planters’ Association. Harvest of robusta is expected to begin a month earlier, in December.

    Coffee growers fear that the heavy rains last month have led to a fall of berries on a large scale.

    Although the post blossom estimate of the Coffee Board projects an output of 3,50,400 tonnes for 2017-18, growers feel output will be less by a large margin. According to them, delayed monsoon will affect the robusta production.

    “Total output will be about 3.12 lakh tonnes, similar to last year. Robusta will be around 2.10 lakh tonnes, against 2.47 lakh tonnes projected by the Board,’’ Chengappa said.

    source: http://www.economictimes.indiatimes.com / The Economic Times / ET Home> Markets> Commodities> News / ET Bureau / November 03rd, 2017

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    November 8th, 2017adminCoffee News, World Opinion

    With effect from 07 November 2017

    The board of Tata Coffee at its meeting held on 07 November 2017 considered the following –

    T. Radhakrishnan, currently Executive Director would relocate to Vietnam as Managing Director of Tata Coffee Vietnam Co, WOS of the Company from 1 April 2018.

    TCVCL is in the process of setting up a 5000 MT Freeze Dried Coffee Plant in Vietnam.

    Consequent to the above, the Board has accepted the resignation of T. Radhakrishnan as Executive Director, with effect from 7th November 2017.

    The Board of Directors approved the appointment of L. Krishnakumar as an Additional (Non-Executive) Director of the Company, with immediate effect.

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    source: http://www.business-standard.com / Business Standard / Home> News-CM> Companies> News / Capital Markets / November 07th, 2017

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    The high GST rate, besides bringing down instant coffee consumption, would also have a significant impact on the coffee farmers of South India

    New Delhi / Bengaluru :

    The coffee industry has sought a review of the GST rates on instant coffee and the curing process, while stating that such high rates would hurt consumption and, eventually, growers’ realisations.

    Coffee growers are under pressure as the volatile trend in global prices, which directly influence local prices, has already kept their realisations in check.

    The GST on instant coffee has been fixed at 28 per cent, while the curing or dry processing of the beans attracts a levy of 18 per cent.

    Parity sought with tea

    Making a case for reduction in GST on instant coffee, The India Coffee Trust, represented by various stakeholders from the sector, has appealed to the Prime Minister’s Office to bring it down to 18 per cent, on par with the instant tea.

    Anil Kumar Bhandari, President, ICT, in a letter to the PMO, said the high GST rate, besides bringing down instant coffee consumption in the country, would also have a significant impact on the coffee farmers of Karnataka and South India, since instant coffee manufactures will source less raw coffee from them.

    According to the ICT, of the 3.46 lakh tonnes of raw coffee produced in the country, about 2.78 lakh tonnes is exported, while the rest is consumed domestically.

    Of the 0.78 lakh tonnes consumed domestically, about 50,000 tonnes is used in the form of roast and ground, while the remaining 28,000 is consumed as instant coffee.

    South India accounts for the bulk of the coffee consumption, though off-take has picked up in the northern States in recent years.

    The Trust said instant coffee is largely consumed by poor consumers and the cost per cup is lower when compared to the roast and ground.

    It also said that higher tax would impede the development of the coffee habit in North and East India.

    Seeking a cure

    Meanwhile, the All India Coffee Curers Association has demanded the withdrawal of 18 per cent GST levied on coffee curing.

    Curing involves dry processing and grading of green coffee beans.

    As curing is an investment-intensive process, the majority of coffee growers normally outsource the dry processing of the green beans to curing works, where they are processed, graded and sorted.

    “Any levy on curing would eventually hit farm-gate prices, thereby reducing growers’ realisations. The government should withdraw the levy,” said AN Devaraj, President of the All India Coffee Curers Association.

    Farm-gate price worries

    Coffee growers are concerned about how the impact of the GST levy on curing will influence farm-gate prices, even as the early harvesting of the arabica variety has begun in parts of Kodagu and Chikmagalur, the main growing regions.

    “The GST on curing may impact farm-gate prices. With the season yet to start in full swing, it is too early to quantify the impact,” said HT Pramod, Chairman of the Karnataka Planters’ Association.

    Arabica prices are hovering between ₹7,000 and ₹7,200 per 50-kg bag for the parchment, while arabica cherry prices are in the ₹3,700-4,000 per bag range, lower than last year.

    “We are waiting for clarity on this issue. No sale of coffee from the new crop has taken place as growers are not in a hurry to sell as prices are low,” said N Bose Mandanna, a grower in Kodagu.

    source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com / Business Line / Home> Economy> AgriBusiness / by KR Srivats & Vishwanath Kulkarni / October 30th, 2017

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    October 30th, 2017adminCoffee News
    Secretary of Land Resources Development, Y Kikheto Sema, during visit to coffee farm in Zunheboto district on October 26.

    Secretary of Land Resources Development, Y Kikheto Sema, during visit to coffee farm in Zunheboto district on October 26.

    Dimapur (EMN):

    Expounding that the end of education is not to seek government job, Secretary of Land Resources Development, Y Kikheto Sema has urged the students to engage in self employment and pass on the experience and knowledge to others.

    Kikheto said this to students from Mewar University, Rajasthan, comprising mostly from Eastern Nagaland who were on a three-month field visit to the coffee farms. Kikheto met the students during his visit to coffee farms at Litami New and Old and Phushumi villages under VK area of Zunheboto district on October 26.

    “With less other means of sustainable economy in Nagaland, which is basically agro and allied, he urged the agriculture students to go back to the villages and teach the farmers about the farming techniques.

    Kikheto along with officials from the Land Resources Department (LRD) made the visit to get first hand information about the progress of coffee cultivation since the department has been made as nodal department for coffee plantation.

    During the interaction, farmers revealed that the yielding was lesser compared to earlier years to which the officers explained that it was due to global climate change and the problem of root rotting fungal infections and Stemborer pest infestations. In this regard, the department assured to give some tips to handle the diseases.

    Kikheto informed the farmers that an MoU has been signed with a South African firm, wherein the latter has assured to buy the products on the spot at the same rate of New York and London Stock Exchange.

    He encouraged the farmers to do multi-cropping along with coffee which could sustain the farmers to a huge extent. Some of the multi-cropping, according to him, included black pepper, betel nut, local chicken rearing and honey bee.

    During the course of the interaction, the Secretary informed that the Coffee Board of India (CBI) has agreed to provide assistance to the coffee farmers for the initial two years for maintenance. While stating that the maintenance fund might not be sufficient in the management of the farm, he encouraged the farmers to take full advantage of the CBI assistance.

    The secretary informed that the department had requested fund from the State government to assist the farmers who will directly get the benefits in their account. Besides, he stated that the department would distribute coffee saplings free of cost as well as nursery maintenance cost.

    LRD Director, Hoto Yeptho, said the department would thoroughly study the diseases affecting coffee and accordingly advise the farmers. “Any problem can be tackled with research and experience. So do not worry about it,” he said.

    Other officers including joint director, deputy director, DPOs of Kohima and Zunheboto were part of the LRD team visiting the coffee farms.

    source: http://www.easternmirrornagaland.com / Eastern Mirror / Home> News> Nagaland / by EMN / October 28th, 2017

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    October 26th, 2017adminCoffee News, World Opinion

    The success we have had in India over the last five years gives us great optimism over future growth potential, says John Culver, group president, Starbucks International.

    John Culver, group president, Starbucks International. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

    John Culver, group president, Starbucks International. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

    Mumbai:

    It has taken US-based coffee chain Starbucks Corp. five years to open 100 stores in India. In comparison, the Seattle-based firm plans to open 500 stores per year in China, doubling its store count to 5,000 by 2021.

    Nevertheless, John Culver, group president, Starbucks International, who was in Mumbai to celebrate the milestone of 100 stores, is optimistic that India would one day be among its top five markets. Edited excerpts:

    How does India compare to other markets?

    India has been our fastest growing new market. The success we have had here over the last five years gives us great optimism over future growth potential.

    We believe that one day India will be one of the top five markets. I won’t put a time frame to it. It’s over the long haul. We will make the right investments along the way in the business to build out the stores and the footprint.

    Not only do we see growth in terms of top line and bottom line, more importantly we see growth with our people and the investments we make in our people.

    Today we are also announcing that 40% of our workforce will be female. Right now we are at 25%.

    Starbucks remains a premium offering in India. Is this by design?

    We have something that attracts all consumers to our stores. Not only do we have premium beverages we also have value.

    My Starbucks rewards is a great example. We have 300,000 people as a part of this programme and they account for 25% of our overall transactions.

    This is continuing to build and attract a wide variety of consumers regardless of income and class.

    What will be your growth drivers?

    There are 600 million people that sit in the middle-class (in India). That presents a huge opportunity. The other thing you are seeing is the growth in coffee consumption.

    Over the last 10 years, coffee consumption in India is growing at 40%. This is an emerging market and Starbucks is at the forefront of delivering high-quality, great experiences to consumers that are unique. If we focus on that experience we can create something special.. similar to what we have seen in other markets.

    In India, the emerging middle class is spread across at least 100 cities.

    We see a huge opportunity in India in multiple cities over time. Today we have announced operations in our seventh city.

    We will continue to go deep into those cities that we operate in and also look at new cities over time.

    What next?

    We will continue to introduce new coffee and coffee blends with our partner Tata Coffee.

    We will also continue to provide new experience. We will also look at food that will fit consumers taste profile, continue our digital efforts, given the role digital is playing and look at various experiences outside our stores and sell our products through other grocers and e-commerce.

    source: http://www.livemint.com / LiveMint / Home> Companies / by Sapna Agarwal / Tuesday – October 24th, 2017

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    October 25th, 2017adminCoffee News

    Tura :

    Coffee produced in the Northeast can bring remunerative returns if the beverage is properly packaged and branded.

    This was pointed out by West Garo Hills deputy commissioner, Pravin Bakshi, while speaking at a daylong workshop on post harvest management and coffee marketing linkage at the Social Mobilisation Experimentation and Learning Centre in Dakopgre here on Tuesday.

    Earlier, Bakshi inaugurated the workshop held with the objective to provide ideas and techniques to expand the coffee growing areas of the region and support farmers.

    “The number of coffee growers is gradually rising in the region. Coffee, referred to as brown gold, is not bound by economies of market and depends on the quality of the beans. The beverage needs to be properly graded, branded and packaged for attracting higher returns,” the deputy commissioner said.

    The workshop was jointly organised by the Coffee Board, Union ministry of Commerce and Industry, Meghalaya Basin Development Authority and Soil and Water Conservation department.

    Delivering the keynote address at the inaugural function, V R G Gowda, the joint director (extension), Coffee Board, ministry of Commerce and Industry, spoke about the establishment of Coffee Board in the region in 1997 and the necessary requirements and climatic conditions required for growing coffee.

    He informed that coffee was being cultivated in all the states of Northeast, particularly in Mizoram, Nagaland, Assam and Meghalaya. “There are about 1,700 coffee growers in Meghalaya,” he said.

    R.R.B. R Thabah, the director (natural resources management), Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA), Meghalaya, informed the gathering about the purpose of the workshop and called upon the beneficiaries to work together as partners in order to promote agro-forestry in the region.

    T N Gopinandhan, bio-chemist, Central Coffee Research Institute, Coffee Board, explained in detail about the methods of processing coffee beans for better quality.

    Webstar D Shira shared his experience as a progressive farmer, talking about issues and challenges faced with regard to marketing linkages in the region besides introduction of multiple cropping in his farm land.

    source: http://www.theshillongtimes.com / The Shillong Times / Home> Meghalaya / by Staff Correspondent / October 25th, 2017

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    October 24th, 2017adminCoffee News, Records, All, World Opinion
    An Ethiopian woman roasts a pan of green coffee beans in their traditional technique

    An Ethiopian woman roasts a pan of green coffee beans in their traditional technique

    Stepping into a small unassuming villa on the backstreet of Al Fahidi district in Bur Dubai, I feel I am embracing the cultural ethos of several centuries. The aroma of freshly brewing coffee wafts in the air. I walk past a gift shop to reach the centre of a unique wind-tunnel house named the Dubai Coffee Museum, which was set up in October 2014. My journey into the history of coffee begins as soon as I enter the creator and owner of the museum, Khalid Al Mulla.

    I accompany him on a round of the ground floor where each space provides a glimpse of different coffee-drinking cultures. As we step in his favourite zone, he says, “Here is the coffee from Ethiopia where coffee drinking reputedly began at first.” Here, a stylish Ethiopian lady is roasting a pan of green coffee beans in a traditional technique. Next to her is Egyptian barista Abdul, dressed in an Egyptian ‘galabeya’ and skull cap, standing guard on a customised silver and gold coffee machine.

    An ancient coffee grinder

    An ancient coffee grinder

    The small exhibition rooms, where coffee beans from countries across the world are neatly stacked, are also home to coffee artefacts and antiques. Khalid’s collection is huge. Prominent among the pieces are distinctive 300-year-old jug-shaped clay coffee pots known as ‘jebena’ (the Yemeni equivalent is ‘jamena’), which were historically used by the Ethiopians .

    Steps inside the museum lead up to a literature room displaying texts from 18th century to the present day. One such text, Johann Friedrich von Pfeiffer’s 1784 encyclopaedia, is believed to be the oldest printed text on coffee, with 177 pages dedicated to ‘kaffee’ as Johann would have called it. There is also a custom-built brew bar, where one can sip acup of caffeine powered rocket fuel brewed in the traditional Japanese siphon method.

    The tour ends with a cup of Ethiopian coffee at a cosy Emirati-style ‘majlis’ on the ground floor, drunk in the local Bedouin coffee tradition. Khalid says, “As the director of Dubai-based coffee importers and roasters, Easternmen and Co., I participated in trade shows. I was surprised to see visitors’ interest in these objects, which forced me to create the first-of-its-kind coffee museum in Dubai. The concept is to showcase global coffee history.”

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Magazine / by Sharmila Chand / Dubai, UAE – October 21st, 2017

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    October 23rd, 2017adminCoffee News

    September Edition, Special Story, NET Bureau, Sayantani Deb

    Nagaland, even though is one of the most beautiful states of the Indian sub-continent, however, generally grabs the headlines for all the wrong reasons- especially due to the insurgency-related issues. Shedding off the negative colours, the state on July 27, 2017, made took a step forward when the Nagaland government signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the South Africa-based Nobel Cause Company in order to promote the state’s coffee at an international stage. The initiative, in the next few years, is certain to alleviate Nagaland coffee to an all new height.

    Chronicle of Coffee

    Even though coffee development programme in the Northeast initially began in the 1960s, however, commercial cultivation of coffee began only in 1976. The main aim of initiating coffee plantation in the region was to wean out the age-old practice of jhum cultivation and prevent soil erosion. Jhum or shifting cultivation was mainly practiced among the various tribal groups of the region. In Nagaland, large scale coffee plantation was first introduced in 1980. The Nagaland Plantation Crops Development Corporation (NPCDC), in collaboration with the Coffee Board of India, was the pioneer agency to establish 2811 hectares of coffee- land in Nagaland in 1981. The initiative however failed due to lack of market avenues.

    After the gap of over 35 years, the Nagaland government is again on its mission to revive its coffee sector. With Land Resource Department (LRD) as nodal department, government is taking up a number of coffee plantation drives in various districts of the state.

    Nagaland produces two types of coffee— Arabica and Robusta. Arabica suits the higher altitude while Robusta (specie) suits in lower altitude areas. Over 760,000 coffees have been planted throughout the state with the target of another 700,000 in 2017.

    Coffee Plantation in 1980s

    In 1985-86 coffee cultivation was tried in Nagaland, but unfortunately due to lack of proper market linkage it could not succeed. Many villagers in all the districts have tried coffee plantation but they were discouraged as they couldn’t sell their product, also there was no motivation, they were not taught properly. As, a result many of the farmers destroyed their coffee plantation and went back to their jhum cultivation.

    Coffee Board’s Version

    Speaking to NET, Joint Director of Coffee Board of India (CBI) Extension, Guwahati Dr VR Gudde Gowda, said, “Nagaland is one of the first states in the Northeast to come forward in taking up coffee cultivation and thus gradually making a mark in world coffee map.”

    According to Gowda, coffee cultivation will also protect forests and will conserve soil and water. “Coffee being a shade loving plant provides economic stability as alongside coffee other vegetables and crops could be easily grown,” says Gowda.

    He also adds that he is quite hopeful that Nagaland will become a coffee producing state within a span of 4 to 5 years.

    “Due to its default organic nature, Nagaland coffee has a huge scope. In this regard, we will see that Nagaland coffee gets recognition among coffee drinkers in the world. We will work out and do our best,” he added. Further getting candid, Gowda also shares the success story of Vietnam.

    “In 1990s, Vietnam used to produce around 1 million ton of coffee per year. However, with various high-tech initiatives they went on to produce around 12 million tons in 2001,” he said. Presently Vietnam produces around 1,300,000 tons per year, which makes it the second largest producer of coffee in the world, only next to Brazil which produces about 2,249,010 metric tons of coffee per year.

    Y. Kikheto Sema, DoLR Secretary

    While speaking about the socio-economic impact of coffee plantation in Nagaland, LRD Secretary Y Kikheto Sema, says, “In Nagaland there is no possibility of large and medium scale industry. There is only possibility of agro-based industries.

    “Nagaland is a blessed state. In spite of the fact that along with coffee, rubber cultivation in the state is also quite high, but interestingly the place where rubber is viable it is not viable for coffee, because rubbers grown in low altitude places while for coffee production high altitude are required,” Sema added.

    In 2016, Nagaland earned around Rs 100 crores from rubber cultivation, and out of this around Rs 90 crores were collected from rural areas. Most of the rubber cultivators earlier were engaged in jhum cultivation. After switching the farmers are now earning far better and with this the transformation of socio-economic condition has been taken in rural areas.

    Sema believes his transfer from Finance Secretary to LDR secretary was a blessing in disguise.

    “I served Finance Secretary for 10 years, during a meeting with Chief Minister we came to know that the Land Resource Department of Nagaland was doing pretty well as compared to other departments. It was the wish of the Chief Minister TR Zeliang that the coffee plantation should be taken over by Land Resource Department from Horticulture department.”

    In May 2016, Sema took over the charges of LDR secretary.

    “During then, I was aware that this is a performing department and I also tried to motivate the officials, farmers through various trainings, awareness campaigns, visits etc,” he said.

    During an interaction with officials Coffee Board of India (CBI), Sema requested them to provide technical assistance, seed coffees.

    “Earlier, CBI provided us with 500 to 600kg seed coffee, but paying attention to our appeal, this year they have sent around 2400 kgs of seed coffee, these were distributed among the coffee farmers in all the 11 districts. Coffee seeds were mostly.”

    Presently, LRD is maintaining a nursery of 2400kgs coffee seeds, which is giving over 60 lakhs saplings. The saplings will be planted in next May and will cover around 4200-4300hectares.

    In order to encourage the coffee growers and provide them market linkage, Y Kikheto Sema on behalf of Nagaland government has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the South African based, Nobel Cause Company for a period of 30 years.

    “Post completing all the formalities, around 7 metric tones which was purchased from coffee growers in Nagaland and stocked in Kolkata will offshore from Kolkata by September and is likely to reach Cape Town by November. Our main motto is to hit world market so that the Nagaland coffee receives the best price,” he said.

    Planted and Bearing Area in the year 2016-2017

    Planted Area
    Arabica : 1751.65 H
    Robusta : 223.90 HA
    Total : 1975.55 HA

    Bearing Area :
    Arabica : 600 HA
    Robusta : 50 HA
    Total : 650 HA

    Employment Opportunity

    With the increase in coffee production, the employment opportunity will increase in the state, “Per hectare will direct give employment to at least 2 persons. According to CBI, soil and weather condition in Nagaland is very favourable for coffee production, so we feel that by 4th year coffee will start harvesting, which will generate employment to large number of young employed youths.”

    LRD Secretary is also encouraging his officials to take up value additional crops, “Coffee is shade loving plants, Arabica requires about 60 percent of shades, we are also working out in the shade tree like black pepper, beetle nuts etc for sustainable development. We are hopeful that with this development there will be transformation in rural areas, living standards of the villagers will be improved, also will be able to give employment opportunity to educated youths.”

    He further reveals that educated or semi educated Nagaland youths are now not interested in Jhum cultivation, but coffee is like a forest which can attract a lot of people.

    Assistance from Coffee Board

    • Expansion of coffee: To facilitate afforestation in Jhum lands and help the tribals on permanent footing, a subsidy of 50% were given to coffee growers. Normal unit cost is Rs 70,000 per ha.

    • Consolidation of Coffee: To increase the productivity of the existing coffee holdings by gap filling, rejuvenation and improved cultivation methods like application of compost, bush management, shade management, pests and disease control, a subsidy of 50% were given to coffee producers. Normal unit cost is Rs, 40,000 per ha, while with subsidy cost is Rs 20,000 ha.

    • Support for Group Nurseries: To provide the growers with good quality coffee seedlings to ensure proper establishment of plantation. Coffee board distributes per seedlings at Rs 5.

    • Supply of baby pulpers at 75% subsidy. Actual cost of baby pulpers is Rs 16,000 per unit.

    • Water Augmentation: To improve the productivity and quality of coffee by facilitating the creation of infrastructure for water augmentation for irrigation and wet processing of coffee.

    source: http://www.northeasttoday.in / NorthEast Today / Home> Lifestyle / by North East Today / October 21st, 2017

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