Sidhuli, a part of Janakpur Zone of Nepal with the elevation ranges from 300~1000m is now emerging with arabica (!) coffee production.
Mr. Narayan Dev, a resident of Chiya Bari is the one taking great initiation and devoting most of his time to promote coffee in Sindhuli District.
There is a regular Ad. in local FM – pamphlets, brochures are pasted all over the major public places. A team of Coffee Suchana Kendra (Coffee Information Center) were invited to have a small meet with the farmers – to share some ideas on coffee cultivation, prospects and technical assistance.
The visit concluded after the training/sharing program with some of the coffee farming enthusiast, meeting with district agriculture officers, media persons and off-course with good local food and tea.
The next two days, we have visited Manthali, a district HQ of Ramechhap District and Gelu, a north-west remote village from Manthali. We have seem some 10 yrs. old coffee bushes with apprx 8~9 kgs of fresh cherries each plant at an elevation of around 1100m.
We came back with the hope that Ramechhap and Sindhuli may have a prospects to grow coffee but research is needed if we can sustain arabica in low elevation of 400mtrs in Sindhuli.
Dear readers, please feedback on low altitude arabica.