Land Resources deptt conducts workshop on coffee farming

Land Resources deptt conducts workshop on coffee farming
Coffee farmers of Dimapur district along with resource personnel and officials of Land Resources department during one day workshop on Coffee farming on Friday.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/20/2019 12:11:16 PM IST

With an aim to encourage coffee cultivation in Dimapur district, the district office of Land Resources, Dimapur conducted a one day workshop on coffee farming on July 19, at LRD Resources Centre, Ruzaphema village.

According to the department, the climatic condition of Dimapur is aptly suitable for coffee cultivation.
Director of department of Land Resources, Nagaland, T. Renben Lotha and joint director (extension), Coffee Board of India (CBoI), Guwahati Dr. Tasveem Ahmed Shoeeb graced the workshop as special guests and encouraged the farmers to take up coffee cultivation.
While lauding the Dimapur Land Resource department for conducting the workshop, Renben Lotha said that the department have taken up coffee with a focused objective - ‘functional ecological economy’. Stating that coffee is one best option to stabilise the farming system, the director maintained that the interest to take up coffee farming has been created after conducting extensive awareness campaign. 
However, he pointed out that support in terms of physical presence, technical and financial assistance from CBoI and other concerned agencies is required to sustain coffee farming. 
Renben rued the categorisation of traditional and non-traditional farming areas stating that it discourages the farmers. 
He was of the view that any area can be transformed into a traditional farming area if enough support is given by the concerned agencies or departments. 
He urged the CBoI to extend more support to make Nagaland one of the traditional coffee growing areas in the country.
The director also disclosed that targeted area for coffee cultivation is 50, 000 hectares and has, so far, covered 5000 hectares.  
He also assured the CBoI to work with the board for the economic upliftment.
Giving an overall view of coffee sector in the country, Dr. Tasveem Ahmed Shoeeb said coffee is an important commercial crop and exporting of 75 percent of India’s total production of coffee to other countries gives an advantage to coffee farmers of the country to earn good revenue. He said coffee was the second largest industry in the world after oil industry and India is the fourth largest coffee producing country in the world. 
Shoeeb said that the department in Nagaland has been actively promoting coffee cultivation in Nagaland and to which, he said was encouraging for the farmers and urged the coffee growers of Nagaland to cultivate coffee in large scale. 
Deputy Director and supervisory officer for Dimapur district Land Resources, Puvil Likhi spoke about the easy access that the farmers can get to ready market. 
Delivering a keynote address, District Project Officer (DPO), Land Resources Dimapur, I. Acato Chishi emphasized on more importance to be given by CBoI to Dimapur and Nagaland as a whole so that farmers can independently take up coffee farming to boost the industry and contribute to improving their economic status. 
He said that the primary objective to conduct this workshop is to allow the coffee farmers of Dimapur to understand the vast potentiality coffee plantation in the state. 
Resource personnel of the technical session were Kimiyekato Shohe, WDTM, LRD, Dimapur, Partha Pratim Choudury, Deputy Director (Extension) CBoI Jorhat, Assam, Bijaya Barman, officer in-charge of RCRS, Diphu, Assam. More than 30 coffee farmers from Dimapur district participated in the workshop. 
Imnuksungla Jamir, WDTM, LRD, Dimapur was the chairperson while assistant inspector, LRD, Dimapur, Aoyanger proposed the vote of thanks.

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