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Nepal’s Ministry of Agriculture approves Coffee Development Strategy

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KATHMANDU, Nepal – Nepal’s Ministry of Agricultural Development (MoAD) has approved the five-year Coffee Development Strategy (2018-22) submitted by the National Tea and Coffee Development Board (NTCDB) in September.

The NTCDB board led by the agriculture minister approved it recently, according to Sheshkanta Gautam, executive director of NTCDB. Along with this, the Board has brought this strategy into implementation since the beginning of 2018.

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The NTCDB developed the five-year strategic plan to enhance the productivity and quality of coffee in the country. Through the execution of this five-year strategy the Board expects to double the output of coffee from the existing 434 metric tonnes. Cultivation area will also be expanded to achieve the targeted production and improving the quality of coffee is also in priority. The NTCDB has sought a budget of Rs 48 million to implement the strategy.

The strategy focuses on five major strategic dimensions to realise the ultimate goal of commercial farming of Nepali Arabica coffee in all the 41 districts of the country that have been identified as suitable for coffee cultivation.