Saturday, 19 June, 2021

Taplejung farmers attracted to coffee farming

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By Our Correspondent
Taplejung, June 10: Farmers in western part of Taplejung district were busy with professional coffee farming. Mostly the farmers in Aathraii, Tribeni and Mauwakhola Rural Municipalities have already begun coffee farming.
 Farmers were attracted towards coffee farming as they saw huge profit on this cash crop. “Market demand for coffee is increasing nowadays and we are interested in making earnings through its commercial farming,” a farmer Chandra Tamang said.
 For now farmers in Aaithrai Rural Municipality-3, Hangpang, ward number-5, Chage Mauwakhola-1, Dhungesanghu have begun commercial coffee farming. The farming maximized as its test has successful reports. “It has appropriate weather and land for coffee farming for its farming in the district and it’s the reason coffee farming is extending massively,” Tamang added. 
According to him, Chandra Tamang, a farmer in Dhungesanghu, was busy with commercial coffee farming. He was busy planting coffee plants in his four ropanis of land for the last four years. “I extended 1500 coffee plants in 40 ropanis of land now and some of the plants and produced coffee in it,” he said. Tamang said he will harvest around 4000kg coffee from his firm.
 Dhruba Banem, another farmer in Maukhola-1, planted 1200 plants of coffee in his 30 ropanis of land for commercial purpose. He shared that he would harvest around 2500 kilograms of coffee from his firm this year. Six farmers including Tamang and Banem were engaged in commercial coffee farming in the district.
 Farmer Laxmi Prasad Pokharel in Hangpang and Dhanu Gautam in Aathrai Rural Municipality said that they were planning to harvest coffee from their firms. Apart from these some examples, so many other farmers also are busy in coffee cultivation nowadays in the district. Farmers are happy because they are able to earn Rs. 800 from each kilogram of coffee.
However, the processed coffee costs only Rs. 700/per kilogram. The farmers had a plan of processing the coffee in the village itself. Villages like Dhungesanghu, Chage, Hangpang and Mauwakhola produce around 10,000 kilogram coffees each year.