Koraput, March 20 (LocalWire): To promote the coffee of Koraput in national and international markets, the district administration has decided to set up a chain of curing units and specially designed coffee outlets in all prominent towns and cities of the state.
Depending on the demand, the cured coffee will be roasted, powdered and brewed in specially designed coffee outlets with the brand name “Koraput Coffee”, Bhabani Shankar Kalo, deputy director, coffee development, Koraput, told LocalWire.
Coffee beans will be procured from growers at a fair price, before processing the stocks at curing units, which are also expected to help boost the local economy, he added.
“Growers are often forced to sale their produce at a low price to middlemen, who transport the stocks to Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
“But after the curing units are established, farmers will be paid Rs.150 per kg, much more than what they are currently earning,” Kalo said.
“It has been decided that in first year, at least 100-tonne of coffee would be procured from the farmers, and it will be increased in the subsequent years,” he added.
Although, just 1,467 hectares of land is currently under coffee plantation in the district, the actual area suitable for coffee growing is over 1.4 lakh hectares, according to a departmental survey.
“While the climatic condition is conducive for coffee plantation in Koraput, the establishment of curing units will further motivate farmers to undertake coffee cultivation,” Kalo said, adding “The life span of a coffee plant is around 60 years and also require minimum maintenance.”