Koraput Coffee decided to market the beans produced in the Odisha district, dominated by the Koraput tribes, across the country and abroad. Efforts to raise the socio-economic level of coffee farmers will prove beneficial to their well-being, says CM Naveen Patnaik. In what could be more financial stability for Odisha’s coffee farmers, Tata Coffee has agreed to source coffee from the state.
Tata Coffee, one of India’s largest coffee producers, is preparing to purchase coffee beans grown by tribes in Koraput district in Odisha. The new purchase agreement involving Tata Coffee is likely to give confidence to tribal coffee farmers to continue their beverage plantation. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said in a statement on Sunday: “Tata Coffee’s cooperation in the state government’s efforts to raise the socio-economic level of coffee farmers will prove beneficial to their well-being. It is of importance in protecting the livelihoods of tribes at a critical time like the COVID pandemic. “
Pradip Mohanty, Chairman of the Coffee Production Committee, said: “Initially there were a lot of marketing problems, but now the measures taken by the Tata company will be good for the farmers. Although we sent coffee to Bengaluru, Hyderabad it was not in an organized manner. We got the lowest prices. To improve the quality and production, we need the help of the government. Land that is not in use can be used for coffee production and there should be processing plants for better results. “
“About 32 tons of coffee were purchased for tribal and non-tribal farmers. We will sell it to Tata Company. We have purchased Rs. 200 / Kg and plan to sell Rs. 230 / KG to Tata Company. This will continue into next season. Previously, farmers had sold the product at Rs.150-160 / Kg to individuals. Now we buy it at Rs. 200 / Kg. They get 30 to 40 rupees per kilogram, ”said Tapan Mohapatra, employee, CEO of KAPPCO.
According to the Tribal Development Co-operative Corporation of Odisha Limited (TDCCOL), everything about 100% Arabica coffee beans comes from the state itself. Coffee is grown in the blocks of Laxmipur, Kashipur, Dasmantpur, Nandpur, Lamtaput, Koraput, Potangi and Nandpur in Koraput. This year, about 28,790 kg of coffee cherries were purchased from 193 tribal farmers, according to TDCCOL. TDCCOL started selling Koraput coffee in 2019 through Adisha, its retail outlets. Koraput Agro Products Producer Company Limited (KAPPCO), a production company of the Odisha Rural Development and Marketing Corporation in Koraput, had contacted TDCCOL to facilitate coffee marketing. KAPPCO said it is happy that Tata Coffee has shown interest in purchasing Koraput coffee from tribal farmers.
Md. Abdal Aktar, Magistrate of Koraput District, said: “The marketing of Koraput coffee is a major priority of the Koraput district administration as well as TDCCOL. In this sense, we provided samples of Koraput coffee to Tata Company which they tested and confirmed. As a result, all of the last year’s supplies that were stored at Sunabeda were purchased by the Tata company. Two trucks were shipped from it to their processing plant in Karnataka. Our hope is that in the coming year, Tata Company will provide support to our farmers and encourage them. Thus, the productivity of coffee per hectare can improve. In the coming year, we have decided that instead of planting Koraput coffee only on government owned land, we will also provide saplings for farmers to plant their own private land. This will encourage farmers to take more care of what they have planted. In recent years, we have also seen that many farmers are planting on their private land. This will help to preserve the environment in this region. Over the next two years, we hope to increase our annual coffee plantation tenfold. “
Beverage culture was introduced around 90 years ago in Koraput, located in the eastern Ghats hill ranges, at a height of 2,000 to 3,000 feet above sea level. According to a ten-year plan, an area of 46,500 ha will be planted in shade and 22,570 ha in coffee in the district of Koraput. About 25,000 families, mostly tribal, will receive a dossier for rights to the coffee plants for their long-term subsistence.
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