Coffee Board of India to energize Nagaland coffee cultivation

Coffee Board of India(CBI) and Land Resources Department (LRD) are aggressively working to energize the coffee cultivation in Nagaland.

Last week LRD and CBI officers have organised the programes to create awareness and technical knowledge to the farmers at Chutianala, Diphu in Assam.

Coffee Scientist, Bijaya Barman, RCRS, Diphu enlightened the farmers on aspects of growing coffee of two main species – Robusta and Arabica.She clarified various doubts, feasibilities and the technicalities involved. Joint Director (Extension) CBI, Guwahati, Dr. V. R. Gudde Gowda and Deputy Director, P.P. Choudhary, CBI also took questions from the visiting team.
Gowda spoke on feasibility of growing coffee in the state and encouraged officers to put in best efforts. He said the enthusiasm of the Secretary has been widely recognized by the CBI and assured all possible assistance to the State. He said once coffee has been properly nurtured to its producing stage, it can yield crop for 30-40 years and more than 100 years depending on the species and feasibility. Gowda further said CBI would visit the state once in two months if the farmers could meet the criteria of cultivating at least 1000 coffee plants per person in an area of one hectare.

Informing that there was no dearth of funds, he stated: “in fact we are surrendering funds since there are less coffee farmers.”

“We are ready to provide all technical, developmental and financial support to coffee growers but you have to be more enthusiastic”

The LRD team was also shown digging pits, planting, centering, topping etc. They were also shown how varieties of mixed cropping could be done along with coffee.[irp]