Friday, February 22, 2019

Japan pledges Rs 8m grant for coffee processing

Japan today pledged Rs 7.77 million ($68,185) to Nepal for for the construction of a coffee processing center in Kavrepalanchok district.
The support under the Japan government’s grant assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project will be used in setting up one each coffee pulping and processing centre at Timal Rural Municipality of the district, according to a press note issued by the Japanese Embassy in Kathmandu. "The pulping centre is for cleaning the coffee beans while processing centre is for roasting and packaging the beans after roast."
The agreement was signed between Japanese ambassador to Nepal Masamichi Saigo and chairperson of Association of Rural Social Welfare Nepal Jit Ram Lama. Lama is also the president of NGO Federation Nepal.
Currently, raw coffee beans need to be ferried to Kathmandu to sell which has low value. With the installation of the pulping and processing center, the farmers will get high value for their production, the press note reads.
The Japanese Embassy has also agreed to export the coffee beans from the center to Japan for the promotion of Nepali coffee. "Along with setting up the processing centre, support will be provided in marketing the beans,” the statement adds.

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