LRD visit coffee farm at Sendenyu


Dimapur, May 18: The Department of Land Resources led by Secretary, Y. Kikheto Sema, IAS and Director, Hoto Yeptho visited coffee farm at Sendenyu village under Tseminyu sub-division on May 17.
The officers interacted with the coffee farmers and Kebentsin Club which is also cultivating coffee in the village. It was learnt that coffee cultivation in the village has covered 50 hectares of which 25-26 hectares was cultivated by Kebentsin Club.
At the site, LRD Secretary, Y. Kikheto Sema, IAS said that the present generation was mostly not in a position to practice the same type of traditional farming as practised by the forefathers and encouraged the youngsters to adopt modern farming which comes with various technical and financial assistance.
Kikheto said that coffee cultivation in one hectare could give employment to two persons – one direct and another indirect employment. He also informed about assistance provided by the Coffee Board of India for two years initially.
He also highlighted about the vision of LRD to develop 50, 000 hectares of coffee cultivation by 2030. “Even if we cover 25, 000 hectares, we can give employment to 50, 000 persons and the employment will be sustainable since coffee can be harvested for 40-50 years,” he added.
He said that the Department targets to put the State on the Coffee map of India and steadily on the world map. He appreciated the LRD staff for their tireless efforts in creating awareness and practically teaching the farmers on cultivation of various crops.
Recalling about a blackpepper buyer from Assam who was willing to pay Rs 1000 per kg from Nagaland, Kikheto said the normal rate was Rs 800 per kg yet the buyer wanted to pay extra owing to the good quality produce from Nagaland.
LRD Director, Hoto Yeptho said there was no need for coffee farmers to worry about the market since it has now been channelized.
Hoto informed that the Department has been able to revive some of the abandoned coffee plants during 80s and with new cultivation, the State was able to send out 7 metric tonnes abroad last year.
On behalf of the Club Dr Thong thanked the LRD and its officers and staff for visiting Sendenyu coffee cultivation.
(Page News Service)