Dimapur, July 23: In an attempt to encourage coffee cultivation in Dimapur district, the district office of Land Resources, Dimapur conducted a one day coffee workshop on coffee farming on July 19 at LRD Resources Centre, Ruzaphema village.
According to the department, the climatic condition of Dimapur is aptly suitable for coffee cultivation.
Director of department of Land Resources, Nagaland, T Renben Lotha and Joint Director (extension), Coffee Board of India, Guwahati Dr. Tasveem Ahmed Shoeeb graced the workshop as special guests and encouraged the farmers to take up coffee cultivation.
Speaking on the occasion, Director, Land Resources lauded the Land Resources, Dimapur for conducting the workshop and stated that the department have taken up coffee with a very focused objective – ‘functional ecological economy’.
Stating that coffee is one best option to stabilise the farming system, Director maintained that the interest to take up coffee farming has been created after extensive awareness campaign is done. However, he pointed out that support in terms of physical presence, technical and financial assistance from Coffee Board of India and other concerned agencies is needed to sustain coffee farming.
Renben rued the categorisation of traditional and non-traditional farming areas stating that it discourages the farmers. He was of the view that any area can be transformed into a traditional farming area if enough support is given by the concerned agencies or departments.
The director urged the Coffee Board of India to extend more support to make Nagaland one of the traditional coffee growing area in the country. He disclosed that targeted area for coffee cultivation is 50, 000 hectares and has, so far, covered 5000 hectares.
He also assured the Coffee Board of India that the department is always ready to work with the board for the economic upliftment .
Giving an overall view of coffee sector in the country, Dr. Tasveem Ahmed Shoeeb said coffee is an important commercial crop and exporting of 75 percent of India’s total production of coffee to other countries gives an advantage to coffee farmers of the country to earn good revenue.
Dr. Shoeeb said coffee is 2nd largest industry in the world after oil industry and India is the fourth largest coffee producing country in the world.
Stating that Land Resources department in Nagaland is actively promoting coffee cultivation in Nagaland and to which, he said was encouraging for the farmers and urged the coffee growers of Nagaland to cultivate coffee in large scale, not to worry about market, which is already in place.
Puvil Likhi, Deputy Director and Supervisory Officer for Dimapur district, Land Resources who also spoke on the occasion talked about the easy access that the farmers can get to ready market.
Delivering a keynote address, I. Acato Chishi, District Project Officer, Land Resources Dimapur emphasized on more importance to be given by Coffee Board of India to Dimapur and Nagaland as a whole so that farmers can full fledgedly take up coffee farming to boost the industry and contribute to improving their economic status.
He said that the primary objective to conduct this workshop was to allow the coffee farmers of Dimapur to understand/realize the vast potentiality coffee plantation had in our State. And in the presence of members from the coffee board of India, the farmers could address issues they faced and seek solutions through their technical support.
More than 30 coffee farmers from Dimapur district participated in the workshop.
Resource personnel of the technical session were Kimiyekato Shohe, WDTM, LRD, Dimapur, Partha Pratim Choudury, Deputy Director (Extension) Coffee Board of India, Jorhat, Assam, Bijaya Barman, Officer In charge of RCRS, Diphu, Assam.
Imnuksungla Jamir, WDTM, LRD, Dimapur was the chairperson while Aoyanger, Assistant Inspector, LRD, Dimapur proposed the vote of thanks.
(Page News Service)