Kohima, May 5: Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Wednesday announced plans to provide coffee-making machines for opening up coffee shops to young entrepreneurs in every district and sub-divisions of the State.
Rio made the announcement during an official programme organised by the Land Resources Department to distribute coffee pulpers to 50 coffee growers of Kohima district at Solidarity Park here.
Encouraged by the increasing number of coffee growers in the State and also export of coffee to South Africa and Dubai, Rio said in order to improve the quality of coffee produced in Nagaland, people here should also know its variants.
Therefore, in order to encourage people to drink locally-produced coffee, in every district and subdivision during the year, we’ll provide coffee-making machines to trained people to open up coffee shops, he said.
Saying that coffee is one of the highest growing markets in the world, he said coffee plantation has re-started in Nagaland with Land Resources as the nodal department, and people are now engaged in massive cultivation.
According to him, Naga coffee is in high demand because of its organic nature, quality and flavour, but the State is yet to export finished products.
Remarking that Nagaland does not have any industry and factories for economic sustainability, the chief minister said coffee growers in the State can become pioneers towards uplifting the economy of the State.
He said that other government departments are also engaged in coffee plantation in almost every district of the State. The chief minister however felt the need to synchronize all departments and coffee growers in order to have better volume and also channelize marketing strategy for economic benefit.
Meanwhile, Rio expressed happiness that Kohima alone has 1,886 coffee growers while around 109 farmers have already started producing coffee.
District Project Officer, Land Resources Department, Kohima, Dr. Menuosietuo Tseikha informed that the initiative taken by Chief Minister Rio marks the success of coffee plantation across the State.
The department works in close association with the Coffee Board of India.
It has been estimated that a total area of 10,40,100 hectares (3,55,300 hectares for Robusta and 6,84,800 hectares for Arabica) is suitable for coffee plantation in Nagaland.
At present, about 7996.2 hectares are already under coffee plantation.
Rokovizo Senotsu and Kenneth Kath spoke on behalf of coffee growers and lauded the efforts of the State Government towards promoting coffee cultivation, and also providing market linkages to the farmers.
(Page News Service)