OBTAINING THE RIGHT PLANTS
Finding the right type of coffee is a critical first step. But it is also crucial to make sure that when a producer is buying seeds or seedlings, they are getting what they paid for: a healthy plant that is the correct type. A plant that isn’t healthy is not a good plant. Some plants can look healthy at a young age, but have hidden problems, like bent roots, that prevent the buyer from achieving economic success with it.
In order to ensure that producers have access to genetically pure, disease-free, vigorous seeds and plants that conform to the variety standard, BCU Quality assessment team began a program of seed and nursery verification. Through the program, the team verifies the health and genetic purity of seed lots at participating nurseries. The team Verified nurseries are evaluated on the following criteria:
- Good nursery practices are followed to ensure healthy plants Nursery is aware of the different agronomic performance of different coffees and this information is made available to farmers.
- Verified seedlings or seeds are genetically pure and conform to the variety standard as checked through our Quality assessment team DNA fingerprinting technology
- Breeders (if there are any) of the coffee can be named and their rights (if any) are respected
Quality assessment team verified Coffee plant is healthy and genetically pure. The quality assessment program helps coffee farmers make informed decisions about which plants are best for them, so they can lower their risk and grow a healthy and sustainable crop. Verified plants can only be sold at nurseries that follow the four pillars of our program.