Dimapur, April 6: Training on cultivation practices and post harvest management for coffee was conducted at Noklak on April 6 by Land Resource Department Tuensang having Dr. Pritpal Kaur IPS, SP Noklak as special guest.
The programme was chaired by Amos Khiam A/I, Dept of Land Resources Tuensang who stated that Government of India and Coffee Board of India are taking new initiatives to improve coffee plantation in Northeast belt of India. He motivated farmers to learn new technologies to improve production efficiency.
Special guest, Dr. Pritpal Kaur IPS, SP Noklak stated that farmers of Noklak are very hard working and only thing now required is technical knowledge and scientific ways of agriculture.
She said that it was Baba Budan who brought coffee to India at Karnataka and after which south India and northeast India is doing extremely well in coffee plantation. She asked all farmers to work as a team and later they can get registered in Coffee Board of India too.
She stated that rural economy can be uplifted if one is self sufficient and also produce for market. She encouraged the youth to take up scientific farming and be self employed.
She asked all the farmers to make up teams of farmers to work in coordination and have proper division of labour so that market linkages can also be explored. She asked to continue organic farming and prevent pest infestations by local preventive methodologies which she explained in detail.
Arabica and Robusta varieties are cultivated in Noklak as of now and that too it is all organic and hence Nokal can be one of lead district in production of organic coffee production in Nagaland or Northeast India. Many villages in Noklak are doing coffee plantation and for harvesting, land resources department Tuensang provided two machines for Noklak today to farmers.
Delivering the vote of thanks, Sipong stated that Noklak farmers have lot of potential and with this technical training, efficiency of production will be increased immensely. He gave demonstration of the machines to be used.
Local made coffee in bamboo made coffee crusher was served to everyone.
(Page News Service)