Kohima, August 12,2017: In a bid to start coffee plantation again in the state of Nagaland,the Land resources department has started its mission once again for a wide coffee plantation across the State. Coffee plantation use to take place in the state 30 yrs ago but experienced failure during the early eighties.So once again the government has taken the initiative to revive again the plantation this particular product.
The coffee plantation also came following the success story of rubber plantation in some districts of the State. The success story behind the rubber plantation was attributed to the mentorship of the department of Land Resources as it was the nodal department.
All out to encourage coffee growers, the Land Resources Department organised a training on coffee plantation yesterday which was participated by over hundred of farmers from across the State.
Sharing on the success story of Vietnam, which within decades, rose to become the second largest producer of coffee in the world, officials from Coffee Board of India (CBI), who spoke at the training programme, urged the Nagas to strive hard by taking the example of Vietnam.
The CBI officials observed that the weather conditions and topography of Vietnam and Nagaland have similarities, for which they believe that coffee growers in Nagaland will meet success stories someday, provided they labour hard with commitment and sincerity.
In his address, Dr. VR Gudde Gowda, Joint Director (Extension), Guwahati, Coffee Board of India (CBI), informed that Vietnam produced only one million ton of coffee in 1990 but went on to produce 12 million tons in 2001.
And today, with a total production of 1,300,000 tons per year, Vietnam is 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. India holds the fifth position in coffee production, next to Columbia and Indonesia.
While observing that Nagaland has the potential for coffee plantation, Dr. Gowda was hopeful that Nagaland will grow up to become a coffee producing state within a span of 4/5 years.
Stating that coffee houses have become a flourishing business in cosmopolitan cities, Dr. Gowda said this should motivate the coffee farmers to exploit and capture the market of Indian cities and also the world.
Dr. CG Anand, Joint Director (Research), CCRI, Balehonnur, CBI, was positive that coffee growers in Nagaland will prosper if proper attention is given from the start.
Stating that the quality of coffee in Nagaland has been rated as one of the best in the world, Dr. Anand foresees that the State will go a long way as a coffee producer, provided the farmers grow it with commitment and dedication.
“The Coffee Board of India is happy to get associated with you (farmers). We will assist you in all possible means with the support of the Land Resources Department,” he told the coffee growers who attended the day’s programme.
It was informed that the specie of Arabica suits the higher altitude areas of Nagaland and robusta (specie) for those districts with lower altitude.
“Labour hard and do not compromise on quality. Because once you fall short and maintains complacency, there are high chances that the quality may also deepen down,” he cautioned the farmers.
Director of LRD, Hoto Yeptho informed that coffee plantation in Nagaland failed in the eighties because there were no markets to export the produced.
He advised farmers not to be disheartened as there are enough markets today to export the coffee produced in Nagaland. He informed that a company – Noble Cause from South Africa, has come forward to buy the coffees produced from Nagaland. This was done through the help of Coffee Board of India, he said.
“After seven to ten years from now, the coffee growers will enjoy life,” Yeptho said making a comparison with the rubber growers of the State, especially from Mokokchung and Wokha.
“Give your best in the coffee plantation. It will remain your land, your property and your coffee,” he told the coffee growers.
Delivering the keynote address, DPO of DoLR, Dr. Menuosietuo Tseikha said the training was organised with the objective to educate and expand the knowledge of the farmers.
He informed that over 7, 60,000 coffees have been planted throughout the State with the target of another 7 lakhs this year. He was happy that more than eighty percent of coffee growers have planted the coffees according to the instructions.
Dr. Tseikha also urged the farmers to render their best and cooperate with the department to achieve their goals.
During the programme, the Director Hoto Yeptho also released the audio visual aid on package and practices of coffee cultivation in Nagaland.
TNT News with inputs from Eastern Mirror