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Kronu on study tour for coffee plantation

Kronu on study tour for coffee plantation
Neiba Kronu with Dr. Pieter Vermeulen in Cape Town.
DIMAPUR: | Publish Date: 6/3/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

Minister for Planning & Co-ordination and Land Revenue, Neiba Kronu visited Brazil on May 17 and South Africa on May 21, as study tour on coffee plantation and encourage massive farming and to boost Nagaland state economy.  

A press release from OSD to minister, Thomas Thailu stated that, Kronu interacted with farm owners, intellectuals and entrepreneurs during his visits to the two countries. Kronu believe that coffee can be a boon for Nagaland economy, as state has the right altitude and coffee growers will not miss the opportunity.  

In Brazil, Kronu visited Cana Verde Farm house, established in 1881 and was informed on how Arabica coffee is grown. Kronu also visited the Institute of Biology in Sao Paulo and interacted with Mercia who is head of scientific research publisher. 

Minister also visited South Africa, Cape Town on May 21 where he met Dr. Pieter Vermeulen, who is a third generation coffee farmer and key man in promoting Nagaland coffee to South Africa. Dr. Pieter has been promoting Nagaland coffee since 2015, from few districts and it was found to be good and different from others. It is noted that there can be a huge demand in South Africa and other parts of the world for Nagaland coffee as it is Grade A and B flavor.

Kronu opined that, Nagaland can produce one of the best coffee in the world because by 2030 researchers have found that the production of coffee will be reduced to 30 percent due to climate change. Kronu requested Dr. Pieter to get the right coffee seed for Nagaland and find the market avenues. Dr. Pieter assured Kronu for the same.

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