COFFEE POLICY 2003
Government of Nepal has approved & implemented National Coffee Policy 2003 as per the intention of National Tea & Coffee Development Board Act 1992 for the development of Coffee as a reliable source of income in the enhancement of opportunity of employment and earning of foreign currency by the increase of private sector in production, processing & commercial transaction of Coffee with the sustainable & systematic utilization of available resources & opportunities in the country. Objectives, Policies & Working Policies are enlisted in the following paragraphs.
- To promote the export of Coffee with a view to substitute the import.
- To help on poverty alleviation by generating income & employment opportunities.
- To help on environment conservation by expanding the Coffee plantation throughout the country.
- To make Coffee enterprise more sustainable & attractive.
I. Production and Processing
- Development and dissemination of modern and improved technologies will be done in coordination with the Government and private sector through the establishment of research center, service centre and improvement of the present Coffee development centers.
- Land revenues shall be levied according to the existing regulation.
- Commercial Coffee cultivation area will be given priority for infrastructure development like road access, electricity, irrigation, communication etc.
- Facility shall be provided on import of machinery and tools for Coffee processing industry.
- Necessary skilled human resources shall be developed for Coffee cultivation and processing.
- Attractive national logo shall be promoted for exportable Coffee items.
- Machinery tools required for Coffee processing shall be encouraged to produce within the nation.
- Facilities & Subsidies provided through this Policy can be withdrawn if found they are not being used according to aforesaid objective.
- All individuals and organizations involved in commercial Coffee farming, Coffee export /import and Coffee trade should be registered with the NTCDB.
- Public & private owned land shall be provided on lease for Coffee cultivation.
II. Marketing & Trade Promotion
- Co-ordination with foreign missions shall be established for Coffee export promotion.
- Facility of export without letter of credit will be granted on such exports comprising the total amount not exceeding US $30,000 in one shipment.
- To substitute the import, priority will be given to domestic Coffee for the fulfillment of internal demand.
- Organic production of Coffee shall be promoted by organizing different promotional programs & campaign highlighting the importance of organic farming.
- Approval from the Board is necessary while exporting the Coffee from domestic market as well as importing from abroad.
III. Institutional Arrangements
- Entrepreneurs, farmers, industrialists and employees involved in national Coffee industry shall be encouraged to participate in Coffee related national & international seminars, fairs & exhibitions.
- Board will continuously focus on research and Technological Development of Coffee in co-ordination with private sector as well national and international organizations.
- To maintain and improve the quality of Coffee, appropriate improvement works will be carried out.
- Board will recommend to the concerned departments to obtain the required facilities for Coffee trade promotion.
- Provisions for educational tours, training & higher educational programs will be commenced for the development of Coffee industry in the country.
- Coffee information system will be established at central level for collection and dissemination of information like plantation area, production, export, import etc.
- Coffee related individuals shall be encouraged to participate on Coffee marketing, Coffee development planning, rules /regulation formation.
- Board will inspect, monitor & evaluate the Coffee farmers & traders so as to award the best performer.
- Coffee pricing committee will continue till the Coffee market come into competitive stage.
- Establishment of Coffee enterprise is open to all national and international Investors.
IV. Coffee Development Fund
A Coffee development fund shall be established through the following sources:
- Amount received from national/international organizations & other fund received for the purpose of R&D.
- Amount received from leased land.
- Grant received from government for Coffee Development Programs.
- Consultation fees received by board.
- Coffee Development Fund will be operated according to the approved directives.