TANZANIA – The Tanzania Coffee Board (TCB) has unveiled an ambitious plan targeting to increase coffee production from the current 81,000 tons to a remarkable 300,000 tons by the 2025/26 harvesting season. 

During the 14th General Meeting of coffee stakeholders in Dodoma, TCB Director General Primus Kimaryo outlined the strategy, emphasizing its goal of stabilizing Tanzania’s position in the international coffee market by enhancing the quality of coffee bean production. 

Under the theme ‘Proper Application of Fertilizer Is Opportunity to Improve Productivity in Coffee Production in Tanzania,’ the meeting brought together various stakeholders, including agricultural researchers, processors, and leaders from agricultural marketing cooperative societies (AMCOS), to discuss strategies for improving the coffee sector’s performance. 

Kimaryo highlighted key priorities to be executed by the TCB, including increasing production and productivity of coffee beans while ensuring high-quality production to attract better prices in international markets.  

He also emphasized the importance of collaborating with institutions like the Tanzania Coffee Research Institute (TACRI) to conduct research on improved seeds, fertilizers, and pest management. 

“Our targets, however is to continue cooperating with the Tanzania Coffee Research Institute (TACRI) to conduct thorough research on improved seeds and fertilizers, as well as disease and pesticide management” he added.  

The strategy includes imparting recommended agronomic practices and proper fertilizer use to coffee growers across the country.  

Notably, TCB has already provided 71 million improved seedlings to farmers over the past five years, with an annual production rate of 20 million seedlings. 

To further enhance productivity, TCB plans to improve the accessibility and availability of improved fertilizer to coffee farmers and provide training on rehabilitating coffee plantations.  

Additionally, the board has deployed agriculture officers and coffee inspectors to assist farmers and ensure the quality of coffee production. 

One of the key objectives of the strategy is to increase local coffee consumption from the current 7 percent to at least 15 percent.  

Despite Tanzania’s leading position in processing industries and value addition for instant coffees in East and Central Africa, the country’s coffee consumption remains relatively low. 

“The impeccable coffee consumption record in the country currently stands at between 5 to 7 percent, the percentage low in comparison to the country’s coffee growing status,” Kimaryo informed. 

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