Rangbang explores coffee-growing options

Smrita Khawas

Darjeeling, 29 Nov:

Darjeeling, celebrated the world over for its tea, is now eyeing recognition as a coffee-growing area as well. Self Help Groups in the Rangbang / Balasan area have begun coffee plantations in addition to the large cardamom and orange cultivation they have managed for a while.

SK Thapa, a coffee grower of the area, informs that the climatic condition of their area was found favourable to grow coffee, especially the Arabica variety, and since orange orchards and cardamom plantations are not doing very well in the Hills anymore, people have decided on this alternative.