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शनिबार, साउन ५, २०८१
Saturday, July 20, 2024

शनिबार, साउन ५, २०८१
Saturday, July 20, 2024

Economically Empowering Differently-abled Coffee Farmers through Sustainable Coffee Harvesting Training in Sindhupalchowk

SINDHUPALCHOWK: A specialized training program on sustainable coffee farming and harvesting skills commenced on Friday for differently-abled coffee farmers in the Sindhupalchowk district in a significant stride towards inclusive economic development.

The two-day training aims to economically empower differently-abled farmers, addressing the obstacles they face in accessing agricultural education and resources. By providing them with the necessary skills for sustainable coffee farming and harvesting, the event enhances their productivity and fosters greater economic self-reliance. A total of 35 coffee farmers are taking part in the training in Chautara of Sindhupalchock district.

The training was organized by the European Union’s EU Nepal Trade and Investment Programme, under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies (MoICS), in collaboration with the National Tea and Coffee Development Board (NTCDB), Nepal Coffee Federation (NCF) and Chautara Sangachowkgadhi Municipality.

Participants receive hands-on training in advanced and sustainable coffee farming and harvesting techniques, including optimal planting techniques, picking methods, quality control, and environmentally friendly farming practices.

“This training has been a transformative experience for me. I feel empowered to improve my livelihood and contribute meaningfully to promoting sustainable practices in coffee cultivation,” said Sita Basnet, a women participant.

“This training has opened new doors for strengthening the involvement of different able people in the coffee sector. Local government is ready to collaborate with relevant organizations to promote coffee to improve income and increase employment at the local level.” Shiva Shrestha, chairman of Chautara Sangagadhi Municipality-5.

Badri Prasad Bastakoti, a coffee expert with EU-Nepal Trade and Investment Programme, Chandra Puri, Planning Officer of NTCDB, Bishnu Gnawali, Planning Officer of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Raj KC, Horticulture Officer stressed the need to enhance production and productivity of coffee to harness immense international market of Nepali specialty coffee.

The training is expected to address the unique challenges faced by differently-abled farmers, providing them with the tools and knowledge needed to compete effectively in the coffee industry.

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