Nepal’s Coffee

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Coffee is an important beverage throughout the world. Coffee drinking has become a regular habit of people in many countries and it is also becoming increasingly popular among the Nepalese community. Coffee plantation is still a new area in Nepal. Arround 1938, a hermit named coffee-1Hira Giri bought some coffee seeds from Sindu Province of Myanmar and planted them in Aapchour of Gulmi District for the first time in Nepal. Then it spread from one farmer to another as peculiar ornamental plant for the next four decades. It was only in the 1980s that coffee was finally considered to be a cash crop in Gulmi District. It has been gaining popularity as highland coffee in the international market and the area under cultivation is also increasing. However, the scale of production in Nepal is very small, roughly only about 2000 ha area is covered by coffee in all of Nepal and annual production is just 200 tons of green beans.

It is great potential to grow in the mid-hills and in the hills as well. Coffee, being a shade-loving plant, is a good crop for the community forestry programs as well as for the mid-hills.coffee-7

Coffee is a high value cash crop with environmental importance and is being popular among Nepalese people since last few decades. It has been spreading in over 39 districts of the middle hill region of Nepal.

Coffee can be commercially produced in many parts of the country. However, there is great potentiality in mid hills region for organic coffee production as it has got suitable climate, topography, Soil, relative humidity, Temperature and Rainfall for Arabica coffee. Some Districts like Gulmi, Palpa, Argakhanchi, Lalitpur,Tanahu, Kavre, Sindhupalchowk, Lamjung, Kaski, Gorkha, Syangja, Parbat, Baglung are successfully growing and producing Coffee beans and is increasing gradually. This will certainly help in diversifying process and will increase the income of the farmers as well as other individuals involved in coffee processing and marketing enterprise.

Nepal is Exporting Coffee beans mostly in Japan,America and European countries.This has been extended to other parts of the word.

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