Tanzania is set to increase coffee production from 80,000 tonnes this year to 100,000 tonnes by 2021, an official from the country’s coffee board said Friday.
Primus Kimario, Acting Director General, Tanzania Coffee Board (TCB) revealed this when speaking at the stakeholders meeting held here, saying the board is targeting to increase production by 20,000 tonnes of the cash crop in the next four years.
The official said that in 2016, coffee production in Tanzania was low as the country produced 46,000 tonnes, compared to 60,000 tonnes recorded in 2015.
“There were many factors behind the drop, but as the board we stood firm and carried out extensive researches on how to increase production which in turn will bring development to farmers and the country at large,” said Kimario.
Deusdedit Kilambo, a researcher from the Tanzania Coffee Research Institute (TACRI) said that the institute has developed 23 varieties of improved coffee seedlings, whereby 19 of them are Arabica and four are Robusta.
“Most of these seedlings have been distributed to 14 regions and 42 districts which are popular for growing the cash crop. And there are more areas which are discovered to have started growing coffee,” said Kilambo.
Tanzania grows 70 percent of Arabica and 30 percent is Robusta. Enditem