Coffee in Nepal

In 1938, a hermit named Hira Giri bought some coffee seeds from Sindhu Province of Myanmar and planted them in Aapchour of Gulmi District for the first time in Nepal. Then it spread from one farmer to another as a peculiar ornamental plant for the next four decades. It was only in the 1980s that coffee was finally considered to be a cash crop in Gulmi District. It has been gaining popularity as highland coffee in the international market and the area under cultivation is also increasing. Coffee can be commercially produced in many parts of the country. However, there is great potentiality in mid hills region for organic coffee production as it has got suitable climate, topography, Soil, relative humidity, Temperature and Rainfall for Arabica coffee. Some Districts like Gulmi, Palpa, Argakhanchi, Lalitpur,Tanahu, Kavre, Sindhupalchowk, Lamjung, Kaski, Gorkha, Syangja, Parbat, Baglung are successfully growing and producing Coffee beans and is increasing gradually. This will certainly help in diversifying process and will increase the income of the farmers as well as other individuals involved in coffee processing and marketing enterprise.

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