A $10M ground coffee project was on Sunday launched in Moruca as the government moves to boost economic activities in the hinterland regions.
On hand to witness the launch were Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Ms Valerie Garrido-Lowe, Indigenous leaders and several farmers from the village of Santa Rosa and Islands, Moruca Sub-region Barima/Waini, Region One.
The ministry said in a release that the project is among several “green” sustainable initiatives to be executed in the hinterland in 2018, and is intended to significantly boost not only the region’s economy but will also influence its national development.
The village will have to select 12 farmers to plant an acre each of coffee for what is intended to be a family-oriented project producing ground Robusta Coffee, the release stated.
During Sunday’s launch at the Santa Rosa Guest House, Minister Garrido-Lowe said for the project to be a success, farmers have to be committed to the project.
“Coffee planting has a science to it; it has to do with the type you grow, how you nurture it, how you pulp it and when and how to roast it,” the minister said.
“A lot of emphasis is placed on the growing of it and the roasting… And that is what I would need from the 12 farmers. I would need dedication and devotion to this project,” she added.