KERALA

Coffee growers' meet on April 12

Special Correspondent

Elaborate arrangements have been made for the event

Delegates from Kenya, the Philippines, Brazil to participateThe highlight of the programme will be a `Wayanad declaration'

KOZHIKODE: An international convention of coffee growers organised by the South Indian Coffee Growers Association will be held at Sulthan Bathery in Wayanad on April 12 and 13 to discuss coffee growers problems and seek effective ways to enable the growers to get remunerative prices for their produce.

The organisers of the International Coffee Meet-2007 are hopeful that the convention, for which delegates would come from Kenya, the Philippines, Brazil and other major coffee growing countries, would throw up strategies to bring benefits to coffee farmers in the whole country.

Elaborate arrangements have been made for the event. Panchayat-level meetings of coffee growers had been already held. Processions would be taken out on the two days before the inaugural day of the convention to publicise the global meet.

Ministers, leaders of political parties and representatives of Coffee Board would also be among the participants.

M.A. Mohammed Jamal, chairman of the reception committee of the event, general convener K.J. Devassia, and vice-chairmen C.P. Varghese, T.J. Antony and K.P. Damodaran said at a press conference in Kozhikode that the global meet was part an endeavour to enable the growers to come up with strategies to get a remunerative price for their produce, and overcome the challenges thrown up by globalisation. The highlights of the programme would be a "Wayanad declaration" which would be based on views expressed by coffee growers at the global meet.