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Govt to help entrepreneurs setup cafes in districts: CM

Govt to help entrepreneurs  setup cafes in districts: CM
Neiphiu Rio after distributing the coffee pulping machines to the beneficiaries. (NP)
KOHIMA, MAY 5 (NPN): | Publish Date: 5/5/2021 12:44:03 PM IST

 Correspondent

 State chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Wednesday announced that the government was ready to help young entrepreneurs across the state by them providing coffee making machines to setup cafes through the Chief Minister’s Corpus Fund.

He made this announcement during the programme held for distribution of coffee pulpers funded by North Eastern Council (NEC) for coffee growers of Kohima district at Solidarity Park here

While asserting that each district would have to brand its coffee, which would also add to the State overall economy, Rio asked land resource department (LRD) to ensure good seeds and saplings to coffee growers, besides imparting them training, considering the potential of coffee in the State. 

He remarked that markets for Naga coffee have already been created in South Africa and Dubai, which he said the coffee growers must utilise and thereby contribute to overall economic development.

He advised the coffee growers to form a society and make regulations so that they would not run at losses, even as the society would protect their rights and take care of the supply, thereby value addition would be made possible and farmers would be benefited as well.

Acknowledging that there were 1,886 coffee growers in Kohima district, the chief minister appealed to Nagas to get used to drinking coffee, stressing that coffee growers themselves too should know the taste, flavour and quality of coffee so that the masses could be educated. 

In his keynote address, DPO Land Resources department, Dr Menuosietuo Tseikha said 50 machines were distributed to coffee user groups in varied sizes, adding that bigger machines were given to villages having more growers and smaller to those whose production was more than 40 kg. 

He informed the gathering that 48 lakh coffee saplings were distributed in Kohima district and 109 coffee growers had started producing more than 5,000 kg of arabica coffee. 

Asserting that value addition was initiated by the State government, he emphasised that the machines must be used for good. 

Rokovizo Senotsu and Kenneth Kath spoke on behalf of coffee growers of Angami and Rengma areas respectively. 

The duo hoped that the machines would help in building a sustainable farming society in the State. They also thanked the government for introducing a new system of coffee growing in the State and said many youngsters were taking to growing coffee. 

The programme was chaired by LRD Kohima district assistant inspector Agnes Phewhuo, while vote of thanks was proposed by LRD Kohima district APO Sentinungla. 

Urban and municipal affairs adviser Dr Nicky Kire, principal secretary KD Vizo and others were also present on the occasion.

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