Second batch of Extension Service Providers (ESPs) trained on Coffee Orchard Management

 16th November, 2017-22nd November, 2017

Under the Hamro Coffee project, implemented in partnership with ICCO-Cooperation and Nepal Coffee Producers Association (NCPA), the second batch of Extension Service Providers (ESPs) were trained on coffee production management. The training was organized for seven days at Chetana Kendra, Banepa Kavre for 24 participants. The practical training was organized on the coffee plantations of Bela, Kavre. The training included 20 ESPs selected by the project, five each from Kavrepalanchok, Sindhupalanchok, Nuwakot and Lalitpur and four ESPs supported by private entrepreneurs. Thus, a total of 24 ESPs were trained for seven days on various aspects of coffee orchard management and its production/processing aspects. The training was mainly focused on orchard management, disease management, primary processing, marketing, supply chain and marketing opportunities. The main objective of the training was to enhance the knowledge and skills of extension service providers on coffee production management, which will be used as frontline support for the coffee farmers.

  

Major Highlights of the training:

  1. Preparation and uses of Jholmal in coffee Farming
  2. Training and pruning in coffee orchard
  3. Practice on preparation and application of Bordo paste and Bordo mixture
  4. Disease identification and management
  5. Organic soil fertility management for coffee orchards
  6. Coffee farm economics and business plan development

Post-Training Note:

Till date, Coffee grower farmers as well as cooperative are unorganized and do not possess the capacity, skills and confidence to get potential benefits from the coffee business. They need to be mobilized, capacitated and organized. All stake holder who were involved in the training had expressed their commitment to support the coffee sector and the ESPs s to promote the sector and generate adequate confidence and strength in the ESPs to carry out their activities in the coffee orchards for the benefit of the coffee growing farmers and the coffee industry as a whole.