Darjeeling: Coffee is set to make its debut in the Darjeeling hills which have so far been synonymous with tea.
The Gorkhaland Territorial Administration has decided to give a thrust to coffee plantation in Kalimpong district and picked 407 farmers who have started growing coffee in an area spread over 345.72 acres.
The directorate of cinchona and other medicinal plants has been identified as the nodal agency and is collaborating with the agriculture and horticulture departments of the GTA.
“We plan to brand it as Kalimpong Coffee and the thrust is on organic cultivation,” said Samuel Rai, director, cinchona plantations.
Four village clusters, comprising 34 villages in Kalimpong 1 and Kalimpong 2 blocks, have been formed.
“They are named as Loley, Bhalukhop, Algarah and Gitabling clusters,” said Rai.