Boon awaits coffee growers in Tanzania

Growers of coffee are set to reap handsomely from its sales as the government plans to ensure that they receive 80 per cent of its price on the world market.
Coffee grower in Kilimanjaro

The deputy minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Engineer Christopher  Chiza,  said that in the financial year 2010/11 the price of Arabica Grade A increased to Sh7,000 from Sh5,000 a kilogramme in 2009/10.

He was answering Mr Augustine Mrema (Vunjo - TLP) who wanted to know how the government will assist Vunjo coffee farmers to enjoy good prices of coffee in the world market and how much they will receive per kilogramme. 

“The crop’s auction price in  Moshi increased to Sh10,000 in January this year,” the deputy minister told him. He said the price of Arabica coffee is coordinated by the New York ‘C’ market while that of Robusta is coordinated by the London International Future Exchange market.

“Our strategy is to ensure that farmers receive 80 per cent of the price on the world market,” Engineer Chiza stressed.He said in assisting coffee farmers in Vunjo and elsewhere in the country, the government will continue to implement the crop’s development by ensuring availability of coffee seedlings that withstand coffee diseases.

He said the government will also revive coffee farming in regions that used to grow the crop, as well as introduce it in other regions such as Mara, Mwanza, Kigoma, Tanga, Morogoro, Iringa and Rukwa.
“In a nutshell, the government will assist coffee farmers in Vunjo and other regions get improved coffee seedlings and help them get markets for their produce,” he said.

Engineer Chiza said in the year 2010/11 coffee production increased to 60,575 tonnes from 40,000 tonnes in 2009/2011. This financial year (2011/2012) production of coffee is expected to decrease from 60, 575 tonnes to 45, 000 tonnes, he added.
Source: The Citizen, , reported by Daniel Msangya in Dodoma
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