Neiba Kronu believes coffee can boost Nagaland’s economy
Visits Myanmar and Laos to study the method of coffee plantation
Dimapur, Aug. 28 (EMN): With a vision to boost the economy of the state by equipping the farmers with better knowledge about coffee cultivation, minister for planning and coordination, land revenue and parliamentary affairs, Neiba Kronu visited Myanmar and Laos between August 19 and 27th to study the method of coffee plantation in the two countries.
The minister was accompanied by advisors Namri Nchang and Dr. Longrineken during the tour that was undertaken for tourism and infrastructure promotion in the state, informed the lawmaker through a press communiqué by Thomas Thailu, OSD Planning and Co-ordination.
The Shan mountain region of Mandalay in Myanmar is ‘progressing by leaps and bounds through coffee cultivation’ today after the United Nations on Drugs & Crime (UNODC) introduced coffee in the region in 2014 for better earning and living while discouraging the people from growing opium, informed the update.
During the tour, Kronu and his team visited the Sithar coffee plantation area, which is situated in the Shan mountain region of Mandalay, Myanmar, and interacted with Tin Tinwin, the Executive Director Sithar coffee farm. They also requested Tinwin to support with “coffee seedling for the state of Nagaland as the topography and temperature is suitable to Nagaland like Shan region”; and want to encourage the farmers to take up coffee farming on a large scale as they believe it can increase the state’s revenue by many folds within next few years.
The team also visited Luang Prabang, a UNESCO Town maintained by United Nation for Educational and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO) under world heritage, to study the town planning system, besides coffee plantation and implementation of tourism and infrastructure in the landlocked country.
It may be mentioned that Kronu had visited Brazil and South Africa in May this year to study coffee plantation, sensing the prospect of its production in the state.