To ease your site search, article categories are at bottom of page.

February 21, 2011

Tanzania may hit its coffee target on improved yields

by Fred Ojambo

Tanzania could meet its coffee production forecast of 55,000 metric tons for the current marketing season as improved yields in the southern and western regions offset lower output in the north, according to the Tanzania Coffee Board.

More than 53,000 tons of beans have been recorded as having been harvested for the season that ends in June, Adolph Kumburu, director general of the board, said in an interview today in Arusha, in northern Tanzania. The board’s forecast for the season is 54 percent higher than last season’s crop, he said.

“Yields, particularly in the south, are continuously rising because of good weather in the region,” said Kumburu. “The south and west weren’t affected by the drought which was experienced in the north.” The northern region traditionally accounts for about 20 percent of the annual production, he said.

Marketing of this season’s crop will end next month because of a decline in stockpiles, Kumburu said. Tanzania’s marketing season normally ends before the crop year, which closes at the end of June. Tanzania reaps its crop from April through August.

The East African nation is increasing planting in an effort to raise coffee output to 100,000 tons by 2015, Kumburu said.

Tanzania grows both the robusta and arabica varieties in the western Kagera region, while the northern Kilimanjaro and southern regions mainly produce arabica. Arabica accounts for about 75 percent of output, with robusta making up the rest.

Tanzania is Africa’s fourth-largest coffee producer after Ethiopia, Uganda and the Ivory Coast.


Article Categories

AGRA agribusiness agrochemicals agroforestry aid Algeria aloe vera Angola aquaculture banana barley beans beef bees Benin biodiesel biodiversity biof biofuel biosafety biotechnology Botswana Brazil Burkina Faso Burundi CAADP Cameroon capacity building cashew cassava cattle Central African Republic cereals certification CGIAR Chad China CIMMYT climate change cocoa coffee COMESA commercial farming Congo Republic conservation agriculture cotton cow pea dairy desertification development disease diversification DRCongo drought ECOWAS Egypt Equatorial Guinea Ethiopia EU EUREPGAP events/meetings expo exports fa fair trade FAO fertilizer finance fisheries floods flowers food security fruit Gabon Gambia gender issues Ghana GM crops grain green revolution groundnuts Guinea Bissau Guinea Conakry HIV/AIDS honey hoodia horticulture hydroponics ICIPE ICRAF ICRISAT IFAD IITA imports India infrastructure innovation inputs investment irrigation Ivory Coast jatropha kenaf keny Kenya khat land deals land management land reform Lesotho Liberia Libya livestock macadamia Madagascar maiz maize Malawi Mali mango marijuana markets Mauritania Mauritius mechanization millet Morocco Mozambique mushroom Namibia NEPAD Niger Nigeria organic agriculture palm oil pastoralism pea pest control pesticides pineapple plantain policy issues potato poultry processing productivity Project pyrethrum rai rain reforestation research rice rivers rubber Rwanda SADC Sao Tome and Principe seed seeds Senegal sesame Seychelles shea butter Sierra Leone sisal soil erosion soil fertility Somalia sorghum South Africa South Sudan Southern Africa spices standards subsidies Sudan sugar sugar cane sustainable farming Swaziland sweet potato Tanzania tariffs tea tef tobacco Togo tomato trade training Tunisia Uganda UNCTAD urban farming value addition value-addition vanilla vegetables water management weeds West Africa wheat World Bank WTO yam Zambia Zanzibar zero tillage Zimbabwe

  © 2007 Africa News Network design by

Back to TOP