Coffee Board unveils new variety after 21 years

Written by Commodities Bureau | Bangalore, Dec 28 | Updated: Dec 29 2007, 06:11am hrs
Coffee Board has released a new Arabica coffee variety with several promising features such as good production potential, high field tolerance to leaf rust disease and superior bean quality traits.

The new variety christened Chandragiri comes out from the Coffee Board after 21 years since the launch of last variety, said Union minister of state for commerce Jairam Ramesh. After launching the new variety in Bangalore, he said the Central Coffee Research Institute (CCRI) would release new varieties regularly in 3-4 year gap hereon.

He said the new variety Chandragiri is expected to occupy 25-30% of coffee cultivating area in the next ten years.

He said the CCRI, University of Agriculture Sciences in Dharward and a private bio-technology firm in Bangalore are taking up a project for the development of transgenic generation of coffee varieties to resist the white stem borer disease. This project carried out through public-private partnership would be funded by the department of bio-technology, he added.

He also said the Coffee Board has succeeded in encouraging the farmers to cultivate organic coffee in naxal infected areas in Andhra Pradesh, where farmers have produced around 4,000 tonne of organic coffee in the last year. He said the coffee board is taking steps to arrive a tripartite agreement with Integrated Tribal Development Administration (ITDA) of the AP government and a private foundation called Nandi Foundation.Through this agreement, the board will provide the technical know-how and varieties.