TCB seeks to protect coffee sector as world prices fall

The Tanzania Coffee Board (TCB) yesterday said it is working around the clock to ensure that falling prices in the world market do not have serious impact on the country’s coffee sector.


“We are keeping farmers informed on the real situation of the price and at the same time guiding them to sell the cash crop direct to the market,” TCB Director General Engineer, Adolph Kumburu said.

He also hinted that the government will soon come up with a special fund to protect the welfare of farmers cultivating major cash crops including coffee when prices of crops fall in the world market. 

He said the fund which is being established by the Ministry for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives is meant to ensure that farmers are not affected by fallen cash crops prices.

“It will be called Price Stabilization Fund and coffee is one of the targeted cash crops,” Eng Kumburu told the ‘Daily News’ in a telephone interview on Monday when reacting to efforts being made to encourage coffee farmers to continue farming following falling of cash crop prices in the world market in recent months.

In Tarime for example, a kilogramme of Arabica coffee dropped from 1800/- last season to 1200 /- in the outgoing season, according to officials. Eng Kumburu urged farmers to continue expanding coffee farms instead of being disappointed by falling of prices of the cash crop.

“It is now time for farmers to expand their farms because coffee prices fluctuate and it won’t take long for prices to be good again. They will earn more if they use this period to expand production,” the Director General explained.

Tanzania projected to earn about 200 million US dollars during the outgoing season but the target is likely not to be attained after prices of the cash crop fell in the world market. 

Tanzania is Africa’s fourth largest coffee producer after Ethiopia, Uganda and Ivory Coast. Coffee is one of Tanzanian’s major exports bringing in foreign currency for national development.
Source: The Daily News, www.dailynews.co.tz, reported by Mugini Jacob in Mara
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