Wayanad is home for two wings of the Coffee Board – the research wing and the extension wing. The research wing, Regional Coffee Research Station, functions under the Research Department of Coffee Board at Perumthatta, Chundale. It mainly focuses on evolving methods like the location-specific technology in the coffee growing. It also tries to disseminate latest scientific knowledge and recent developments in this sector among coffee growers especially Robusta coffee growers.
The extension wing is headquartered at Kalpetta and is headed by the Joint Director (Extension). He is assisted by the staff at a Deputy Director’s (Development) Office at Kalpetta. There are board officials working on various parts of the district: Senior Liaison Officers at Kalpetta, Mananthavady and Sulthan Bathery and Junior Laison officers at Chundale, Meenangadi, Pulpally and Panamaram. Two Technologies Evaluation Centres too are functioning under the extension wing and they are located at Kalpetta and Kuzhinilam in Mananthavady.
The Coffee plantations extend to about 70,000 hectares in the district and the major part of it consists of Robusta and a few hectares of Arabica. The board has taken many constructive steps towards improving the quality and quantity of the produce from the area.
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