Shillong , October 25: A One Day Technical Workshop on Post Harvest Management and Marketing Linkage of Coffee was held at SMELC, Tura on October 24. The programme was jointly organised by the Coffee Board, Government of India, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Meghalaya Basin Development Authority, and Soil and Water Conservation Department, Government of Meghalaya.
Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest, Deputy Commissioner of West Garo Hills Pravin Bakshi expressed his happiness seeing a good number of Coffee growers in the region. He said that coffee which is referred to as Brown Gold is not bound by economies of market and depends on the quality of coffee beans. He also spoke about the importance of grading, branding and packaging of Coffee which is being produced in the region. “If branded well, it has the potential to bring attractive remunerative returns” he said.
In his keynote address Dr VRG Gowda, Joint Director (Extension), Coffee Board, Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Government of Meghalaya, spoke about the establishment of the Coffee Board in the region in 1997, and the necessary requirements and climatic conditions required for growing coffee. He informed that coffee is being cultivated in all the states of North East Region particularly in Mizoram, Nagaland, Assam and Meghalaya; and there are about 1700 coffee growers in Meghalaya.
Director NRM, Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA), Meghalaya Shillong, RRBR Thabah informed the gathering about the purpose of the workshop and called upon the beneficiaries to work together as partners in order to promote agro-forestry in the region.