BHUBANESWAR, India – In what could be more financial stability for coffee growers in Odisha, Tata Coffee has agreed to procure coffee from the State. Announcing the development, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today informed coffee procured from growers in Koraput district by the Tribal Development Co-operative Corporation of Odisha Ltd (TDCCOL) will be sold by Tata Coffee across the country and abroad.
Patnaik further informed Tata Coffee has agreed to keep the uniqueness of Koraput Coffee intact while selling it in the market.
He hoped the cooperation of Tata Coffee will help the socio-economic development of coffee growers in the State. This will also ensure livelihood of tribals get secured, the Chief Minister added.
He heaped praised on Sulochana Khara from Kasamapadar village and said, “Khara has set an example for others as a successful coffee grower by selling over 200 kg coffee beans to TDCCOL. Her contribution in popularizing Koraput Coffee is commendable.”
The State government provided forest land rights of 46,000 acres to 30,000 families till June 2021. The TDCCOL procured 28,790 kg coffee beans from 193 tribal coffee growers in Laxmipur, Kashipur, Dasmantpur, Nandapur, Lamataput, Koraput and Pottangi blocks of Koraput district in 2020-21.
Official sources said the government targeted to grow coffee in 80 hectares more in 2021-22.