Presenting the evaluation report of the 36th Annual General Meeting (AGM) here yesterday, KNCU acting general manager, Godfrey Massawe said that the union has come up with a five-year strategic plan 2021/22-2025/26’ with the aim of establishing a special department that will deal with prevention and utilizing their resources from burglary scams, as well as creating a conducive environment for the national and foreign investors for sustainable growth of the institution and cooperative in the country in general.
“We need to improve our coffee export market, promoting local consumption of coffee by opening new affordable coffee shops and coffee bars in Dodoma and Dar es Salaam by collaborating with local and international investors,” he said, adding that the union is set to improve its Information and Communication Technology (ICT) system to improve its online marketing and other services.
Gabriel Ollomi who was the chairman of the KNCU 36th AGM explained that, there is a high need of producing high quality coffee that will be competed in local and international markets.
Ollomi who is also a General Manager (GM) with the 32-Kilimanjaro New Co-operative Initiatives Joint venture Limited (G-32 KNCI-JVE LTD), there is also high need of producing organic coffee that have good markets both local and international markets.
He appealed to coffee growers to practice organic coffee farming for sustainable high-quality coffee production for the good health of consumers.
According to Ollomi, the organic coffee world market is expanding day to day, appealing Kilimanjaro coffee producers to switch themselves to organic farming.
“Apart from high demand of organic coffees in the world market, its production is also very low as farmers are not buying industrial fertilizers in their production, thus they are using only ecologically based pest controls and biological fertilizers derived largely from animal and plant wastes and nitrogen-fixing cover crops.
Ollomi who is also a coffee producer at Lyamungo village, in Hai district, Kilimanjaro region further explained that producing coffee through organic farming is cheaper than using industrial fertilizers and other agriculture inputs like coffee pest controls which are sold at high prices, and the world market for organic coffee is expanding everyday.