Odisha targets to cultivate Koraput coffee on 5,000 hectare land in 5 years
Jeypore: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced that coffee will be cultivated on 5,000 hectare land in Koraput in next five years.
On the sidelines of distribution of Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) smart health cards, Patnaik said Koraput’s organic coffee has now become a global brand. It has given employment to women in the tribal district.
Earlier in August this year, the CM had informed that coffee procured from growers in Koraput district by Tribal Development Co-operative Corporation of Odisha Ltd (TDCCOL) will be sold by Tata Coffee across the country and abroad. And, the company has agreed to keep the uniqueness of Koraput Coffee intact while selling it in the market.
Regarding the smart health cards, the CM said, “Every life is precious to me. It pains me to hear that many people sell up their farmland or take loans to get healthcare services. BSKY health card, which has proved to be a milestone in the country’s healthcare services, will benefit the needy in the state.”
More than 12 lakh people in the district will avail benefits of BSKY smart health card, he added.
On the occasion, Patnaik inaugurated and laid foundation stone of various projects worth Rs 866 crore. He also paid floral tribute to the statue of former Minister and Koraput MLA Harischandra Baxipatra.