Coffee Production Less Than Expectation

 Kathmandu,July 7 : Despite having a big possibility of growing more coffee in Nepal, the actual production is much less than the expected level. The coffee cultivation in Nepal started a decade after 1990 but its commercial production started only in 2028 BS. According to a study, not less than 11 lakh hectares of land in Nepal can be put to coffee cultivation.

There are 32 districts growing coffee at present on the topography having elevation from 800 meters to 1600 meters. Amongst all these districts, Ilam and Taplejung in east and Arghakhanchi and Pyuthan in the west grow coffee at commercial scale. Agriculture and Livestock division, Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) of Nepal has made its survey report public with regard to coffee production for the year 2075/76 BS. The survey report says that a total of 6,346 farmers across 32 districts of Nepal are involved in coffee cultivation at the commercial level on not less than 973 hectares of land area. All put together, total production of coffee reaches to 1573 metric tons. The present survey has counted only those farmers who have grown at least 50 coffee plants.

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