ANDHRA PRADESH

GCC to tap overseas market for Paderu coffee

Staff Reporter



Rs. 140 cr sanctioned for growing coffee

Semi-automatic

soap-making unit to

be set up at Araku



VISAKHAPATNAM: The Girijan Cooperative Corporation has decided to export the internationally acclaimed organic coffee produced in Paderu area of the district.

“Once we make a mark in the overseas market where a lot of demand is there for organic coffee, our tribals who are growing coffee in the agency tracts of the district, can get a better price,” Minister for Tribal Welfare R.S. Redya Naik told reporters after a review meeting.

He said GCC would procure and market organic coffee. In the 11th Five Year Plan, Rs. 140 crores has been sanctioned for growing coffee in Paderu in an extent of 60,000 acres. At present, coffee is grown by the tribals in an area of 80,000 acres with an annual yield of 3,000 tonnes.

Cold storage

Stating that they were spending heavily on rental in private cold storage facilities in the city, he said a godown with all facilities would be set up in an area of two acres at Bhimalavalasa in Anandapuram mandal for storing forest produce like gum karaya, tamarind and honey. He said Rs.4.70 crores had been sanctioned for the project and the foundation stone will be laid by month-end.

He said they would launch work on semi-automatic soap making unit at Araku to reduce the price of Ritu aloe vera soap (100 gm) from Rs.13 to Rs.9.50 per piece.

The Minister said during the review, they discussed various issues to improve the health of GCC and make it self-sustaining and seek some sops from Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy at a meeting scheduled in Hyderabad on Thursday. The clearance for implementation of Fifth Pay Commission recommendation for the employees of GCC would be sought from the Chief Minister.

An in-principle understanding has been arrived at between the defence authorities and GCC for sale of Girijan products.