KATHMANDU, Jan. 24: Nepali organic coffee has good market in Europe but the country could not supply the coffee to meet the demand for this, said government officials.
Farmers involved in the organic coffee farming, however, have claimed that they could not increase the production of the coffee that gives good return in lack of proper coordination and necessary support from the government level.
The coffee farmers stressed that the government should bear the expenses of Rs. 800,000 that is needed to take international certificate for the organic coffee production and annual renewable fee of Rs.150,000 and help them produce the organic coffee in the commercial way.
Nepal exports a total of seven percent organic coffee though it gets demand for 6,000 metric tonnes, according to National Tea and Coffee Development Board, Nepal.
Nepal earned Rs. 43.1 million producing a total of 418 metric tonnes of coffee last year, said a source from the Coffee Development Board.
As many as 39 Mid-hill districts including Gulmi, Palpa, Syangja, Arghakhanchi, Lalitpur, Tanahun, Sindhupalchowk, Lamjung, Kaski, Gorkha, Parbat, and Baglung, among others, are producing the coffee in the commercial way.
Nepali coffee is exported to Japan, America, and different countries in Europe. The Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) has been providing financial and technical support to encourage the organic coffee farming.