Odisha There is good news for the farmers of In the next five years, in thousands of hectares, the Odisha government organic coffee Planned to grow. This is confirmed by the State Agricultural Production Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena himself. He has said that the Odisha government plans to grow organic coffee in 10,000 hectares in the next five years. He said that there are large scale coffee plantations in the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh. We have also done a good job with the coffee plantations. In such a situation, we hope that the income of the farmers will increase with the cultivation of organic coffee.
He said that in Koraput we get high quality Arabica coffee. Jena said that we have tried to establish 10,000 hectares of coffee plantation in the next few years. It is the effort of the government that Odisha should be recognized as the organic coffee producing state in the country. At the same time, according to the Coffee Board, non-traditional areas of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and the North-East account for about 21% of the total coffee crop area. Coffee was grown on 99,380 hectares in non-traditional areas in 2021-22 as compared to 3.68 lakh hectares in traditional areas.
Make these places organic by design
Andhra Pradesh has 94,956 hectares of coffee land, while Odisha has 4,424 hectares and the north-east has 4,695 hectares. In Odisha, only Arabica coffee is grown, while in Andhra and the North-East, Robusta coffee is cultivated on a large scale. Along with this, the tribal communities of Odisha also cultivate coffee. Most of the tribal areas follow organic farming by default. There is no use of chemical fertilizers. However, we want these places to be organic by design in order to take advantage of the marketing benefits of coffee, Jenna explained.
We are now emphasizing on farm mechanization and automation
He said that the Odisha government is trying to boost production by automating and mechanizing farming on a large scale. In fact, 20 years ago, our per capita electricity consumption was barely a quarter of the national average. Pradeep Kumar Jena said that Odisha uses 2.4 kWh of electricity per person, which is less than the national average of 2.7 kWh. State Agricultural Production Commissioner commented that we are now laying emphasis on agricultural mechanization and automation.
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