Kohima, May 05 (NEx): A programme funded by NEC and organised by Land Resources Department, Nagaland, for distribution of coffee pulpers for coffee growers of Kohima district was held at Solidarity Park, Kohima, on May 5th, 2021. The Department distributed coffee pulpers to 50 beneficiaries.
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, in his speech, extended his sincere appreciation to the coffee farmers for their success in coffee plantation. He said that there are about 1886 coffee farmers in Nagaland and that it is one of the highest growing market in the world. Therefore, he said that they should try their best to produce it on a large scale basis.
He further added that through the CM Corpus Fund, in every district and sub- divisions, he would help to train the farmers in order to build coffee shops for their sustainability. Rio also said that the coffee farmers are the pioneers and hence, they should have a systematic organization which will help not only their individual growth but also in boosting the economy of the State.
District Project Officer, Land Resources Development, Dr. Menuosietuo Tseikha in his keynote address said it was the Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio’s initiatives to undertake the programme to benefit the beneficiaries and mentioned that the distribution of the Coffee pulper machines to the beneficiaries was the first step for the farmers to move forward. He also lauded and urged the farmers to make good use of the machine by sharing it amongst the other farmers in their respective community and not leasing it out on hires and also to encourage other farmers about the benefits of coffee farming.
Rokovizo Senotsu, who spoke on behalf of Angami Area Coffee growers, said most of the farmers had received sapling and trainings from the government which has helped the beneficiaries, and he also shared about the hardship and difficulties the farmers faced during the dry seasons.
Kenneth Kath who spoke on behalf of Rengma Area Coffee Growers said farmers should do away with the old traditional farming but should implement new tech of modern farming. He also encouraged young coffee farmers to take up the farming with machineries.
(With inputs from DIPR)