TODAY -

Coffee Plantation
In-lieu of Poppy for Sustainable Economy & Better Environment Manipur

S. Jugeshwor Singh *



Very recently I visited KOLASIB , a small Town in Mizoram State. In that District , I saw huge areas of Coffee plantation in the hill slopes by the Mizo people with great enthusiasm.

When I enquired about how do they do this and the marketing of the Coffee produced by them, they said , it was initiated by " THE COFFEE BOARD OF INDIA", which is a BOARD under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Government of India. An Extension Centre of this Board is there at KOLASIB, they said.

The Coffee growers said, there is no problem of Marketing their crops as THE COFFEE BOARD is taking the responsible for that, as a result their family income is sustained due to the plantation of Coffee.

When I visited one of the Coffee Farm, it was amazing to see how they grow coffee. It was so beautiful to see the way they grow coffee.

Not only growing the Coffee in their hill slopes ,they also plant trees for giving shades to the coffee plants.

Near the trees for the shade of coffee plants, they also grow beetle leaves( Kwa Mana) as well as Gold Marich(Kali Mircha/Black pepper).

They said, additional income from these crops also obtained, so they have no monetary problem for their family even they are not Government Employee.

Planting the trees for giving shades to the coffee plants also prevents soil erosion during rainy season thus control the flash floods and keeps the Environment clean and balance.

However it takes at least three years for the coffee to grow full and get the fruits from the initial period of planting it, but once it completes three years there is not much maintenance and the life span is 80 years.

The COFFEE BOARD provides technical support for the grower in regular interval to avoid diseases and control from pest etc.

After seeing this, I thought this can be done in Manipur also. So that the problem of Poppy plantation can be solved.

Not only this, economy of our people will also be improved , at the same time planting of trees around the coffee plants will also prevents soil erosion for a better Environment and control flash floods.

When I returned I tried to contact the expert from COFFEE BOARD of India, to my surprise a small unit of this Board has already existed in Manipur initiating plantation of coffee in various places of Manipur like at Ukhrul, Senapati, Noney, Churachandpur, Chandel, Thoubal etc.

The experts says the quality of coffee produced from North East region is very high and costly in the International Market at the same time the soil and climate of Manipur is very much suitable for this crop.

If it is true why should not we plant coffee in hilly region of Manipur extensively for economic growth, environmental protection etc.etc??.

Taking this fact into account, I draw the attention of the Government of Manipur to initiate to grow Coffee in large scale in the state of Manipur for multipronged benefits of our state.


* S. Jugeshwor Singh wrote this article for Imphal Times
The writer is Founder Secretary, Global Science Club , Khoijuman, Bishnupur
This article was posted on August 06, 2018.


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