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Sat, 18 Nov 2017

Northeast Today

Nagaland Coffee En-route to International Market

Nagaland Coffee En-route to International Market
August 07
12:21 2017

Visiting the coffee plantations areas in Kohima- Nerhema, Tsiesema and Kohima village- on Saturday, various state officials and the members from the Coffee Board of India, said that Nagaland has immense potential in the coffee growing industry.

Interacting with the media Chief Secretary Pankaj Kumar appreciated the commitment of the coffee growers and assured assistance to raise seedling. He further said that there was a need to grow other crops for alternate income as coffee takes four years to mature.

Joint Director Coffee Board of India (CBI) Extension, Guwahati Dr VR Gudde Gowda said Nagaland was one of the first states in the Northeast to come forward in taking up coffee cultivation and gradually making its mark in world coffee map.

He also gave a brief account of coffee in India which was introduced during 1600-1800 and its role in forest conservation. He also spoke about the benefits of coffee on stimulating and energising health and predicted that Nagaland coffee will get worldwide recognition.

“We will do our best to see that Nagaland coffee gets recognition among coffee drinkers in the world,” he said, assuring that the Board will give whatever support required.

Secretary LRD, Y. Kikheto Sema informed that the Nagaland government on July 27, 2017 signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the South African based, Nobel Cause Company for a period of 30 years.

He said after completing all formalities, seven metric tons of coffee, which was stocked in Kolkata, was all set to reach Cape Town by November. This would be the first step to hit the international market, Kikheto added.

Kikheto pointed out that this year, Nagaland was able to export 2400 kgs of coffee. By 2018, he said that the department was optimistic to export 4200 kgs.

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