Making itself visible in the coffee map of the State, Sendenyu Village in Kohima district is cultivating coffee on 50 hectares of land.
Kebentsin Club in Nagaland comprising of 22 young families are collectively cultivating coffee on around 25-26 hectares. The Club started coffee cultivation after the Department of Land Resources (LRD) started creating mass awareness in the State regarding the revival of coffee.
LRD Director, Hoto Yeptho said that coffee, unlike other crops, requires 50-60% trees for shed which becomes like a forest. He reiterated his appeal to the coffee cultivators to do away with any apprehensions regarding market failure that happened in the mid and late 80s.
‘The market has now been channelized after the LRD was made the nodal department for the revival of coffee and with the initiatives taken by our Secretary, meetings with Coffee Board of India took place and an MoU was also signed with a South African company with regard to coffee marketing,’ he added.
Hoto also informed that the department has been able to revive some of the abandoned coffee plants during the 80s, and thanks to new cultivation, the State was able to send out 7 metric tonnes abroad last year. He added that this is the first time that an agro and allied crops from Nagaland has gone out internationally at such a huge scale.