A five-year integrated development plan for the coffee sector with an outlay of Rs 1,200 crore is in the offing.
The proposed integrated development plan has received approval from the Commerce Ministry, Finance Ministry, NITI Aayog and the Prime Minister’s Office, is expected to be placed before the Union Cabinet shortly.
The proposed scheme prepared by the Coffee Board, in consultation with stakeholders, has many components such as assistance for re-plantation, revival of white stem borer-affected arabica plantations, productivity improvement of robusta holdings by gap filling with elite clones and collar pruning, water augmentation, quality upgradation – eco pulpers, drying yards, roasting and grinding units, formation of FPOs and exports promotion, among others.
Once the Cabinet clears the proposal, the scheme will be implemented with immediate effect. As part of the proposed plan, a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for coffee entrepreneurship is being planned to groom the next generation.