By Primus Kimaryo, Director General, Tanzania Coffee Board.
Coffee accounts for about five percent of Tanzania’s of total exports by value and generates earnings averaging US$100 million per year. The industry provides direct income to about 400,000 smallholders who produce 90 percent of the Tanzania’s coffee. Although there is an expansion of new farms and improvement of agronomic practices, erratic weather due to climate change remains an underlying challenge to sustainable coffee production in Tanzania.
The Government of Tanzania and coffee stakeholders continue to implement the strategic plan (2011- 2021) by supporting the coffee production and expansion program that involves increasing yields in existing farms and facilitating the private sector to start new farms. The two most commercially important species grown in Tanzania are varieties of Coffea Arabica (Arabica Coffee) and Coffea Canephora (Robusta Coffee).
To read more please visit Page 8 to 12 of our July – September 2017 Magazine Issue.