Aim is to help them cultivate high grade produce
The Technology Evaluation Centre (TEC) established by the Coffee Board amidst coffee plantations in Minumuluru in Paderu mandal is working to expose the tribal farmers to latest technology and training for producing and processing export quality coffee.
The objective is to make farmers produce high grade coffee by following certain methods and norms for its successful marketing in the international market, Coffee Board Joint Director Purandar Lanthasa has said.
The mission of the board is to boost coffee production in India, which presently is 3.5 lakh tonnes, a mere 4 per cent of world’s coffee production.
Though coffee was introduced in the Agency area in the 1960s, the tribal people did not take up cultivation in a sustained manner.
The Coffee Board’s processing unit had to depend on coffee beans collected by the tribal people from the forest floor.
In the last decade or so, cultivation has picked up. The tribal people have formed a mutually aided cooperative society to take it up as a sustainable livelihood.
The TEC was established in 1971 to promote quality coffee plantations in the hilly areas of Chintapalle, Araku Valley, and Paderu.
A Coffee Regional Research Station was also established at Chintapalle by the Coffee Board, addressing the requirements of coffee farmers in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
The Coffee Board is giving a subsidy of Rs.15,000 per hectare to coffee farmers and supplying quality seed to the farmers and helping them upgrade their seed processing technology.
For example, the farmers use mud plastered floors for drying the berry, which, due to reasons of hygiene, gets rejected in the international market.
The board is encouraging the farmers to build concrete platforms for drying the harvested seed.
The board is also giving 50 per cent subsidy to farmers to buy hand-operated baby pulpers used for coffee processing.
The ITDA is giving an additional 40 per cent subsidy and the beneficiary has to only contribute 10 per cent.
These are used to peel of the coffee berry and boost the quality of coffee and ensure remunerative price to them.
Board is giving a subsidy of Rs.15,000 per hectare and supplying quality seed 50 per cent subsidy is provided to buy hand-operated baby pulpers used for processing
Board is giving a subsidy of Rs.15,000 per hectare and supplying quality seed
50 per cent subsidy is provided to buy hand-operated baby pulpers used for processing