TANZANIA – Tanzania’s coffee production has almost doubled to four years high, thanks to good weather and high crop circle boom this season.

Tanzania Coffee Board (TCB), acting Director General Primus Kimaryo notes that the production has increased from 47,000 metric tonnes in 2 017/18 to 65,500 metric tonnes in 2018/19, reports Daily News.

He said coffee production was also pushed up by control instituted at cooperative society to keep data from primary unions coupled by good weather in the region.

Kimaryo notes that the production would have been higher if coffee farming was being undertaken by large commercial farmers. “Smallholder farmers contribute 90 per cent of coffee production of this land,” he said.

According to International Coffee Organisation (ICO) the coffee output elevated the country to number four from five for top producers in Africa.

Tanzania now ranks a point higher than Kenya in coffee production, Kenya has slipped to fifth largest coffee producer in Africa.

In addition, Kenyan coffee production in 2019-20 is seen dropping to 650,000 bags, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) attache in Nairobi said, representing the country’s lowest production in over 50 years.

Ethiopia still counts as the largest producer in the continent with 450,000 metric tonnes, followed by Uganda at 294,000 metric tonnes and then Cote d’Ivoire at 96,000 metric tonnes.

Uganda forecasts production at 5.6-million 60kg bags in the 12 months to end-September, and projects output climbing to 20-million bags in 2025.

According to ICO data, in East African Community (EAC), Uganda leads the pack followed by Tanzania and Kenya with 51,000mt, Rwanda was in the fourth position with 16,500mt and Burundi 12,900mt in 2018/19 season.

The largest proportion of coffee produced by East African Community member states is channelled to the export market.

According to Bank of Tanzania (BoT) monthly economic review of May exports of traditional crops declined to US$533.9 million from US$1,140.3 million in the year ending last May.

“The decline was manifested in all traditional crops, except coffee and cotton,” BoT monthly report said.

Reports showed that the highest coffee production ever recorded in the country’s recent history was in 2013 when 71,319 tonnes were produced.

It is estimated that Tanzania has an estimated 250,000 hectares of land under coffee production, according to Cafe Africa.

As part of its efforts to stimulate more invetsments into the sector, the Tanzania Mercantile Exchange (TMX ), the commodity exchange in Tanzania, has unveiled that it is finalizing procedures with the Coffee Board of Tanzania (CBT) that will see it commence coffee trading.