Buy coffee processing plants, Minister orders co-op unions

23Aug 2019
The Guardian Reporter
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Buy coffee processing plants, Minister orders co-op unions

Agriculture Minister Japhet Hasunga yesterday directed cooperative unions to purchase modern coffee processing plants that will produce quality products to serve for both local and international markets.

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Hasunga made the directives here when speaking during the official launch of coffee auctions in Mbeya, Songwe regions.

He wanted all councils in the two regions to invest in the production of quality seedlings as well as training extension officers to improve the produce.

The minister said that in order to protect the quality of the coffee to win national and foreign markets, the use of modern machinery to process coffee was inevitable.

According to him, currently, the country has only 481 coffee processing plants, which is relatively low compared to the amount of coffee produced.

“So I urge all stakeholders to recognize the importance of purchasing these machines for the country to produce a well refined and quality coffee and win the international market,” Hasunga said.

He said that in efforts to ensure that Tanzania produces quality coffee, the government has been working closely with various stakeholders to grow quality seedlings, loans to farmers groups and regular trainings.

“All these measures have enabled the coffee production to raise from 43,625 tonnes of clean coffee in 2017/2018 season to 68,147 tonnes in the 2018/2019 season,” he added.

The minister however pointed out that small scale farmers are yet to be reached with proper education and tools thus leading to production of low-quality coffee.

He said that the government is determined to transform the sector to enable it contribute more in the country’s economy by fighting poverty and unemployment.

“We will continue improving business environment of the produce, facilitate the production of quality seedlings as well as capacitate farmers with prerequisite skills, knowledge and tools to improve farming,” he added.

The commencement of zonal coffee auctions is the implementation of the government’s directives to the crop’s board to make sure that it supervise the start of the auctions in the fiscal year 2019/20 in four zones.

They are Mbeya/Songwe Zone; Ruvuma/ Njombe Zone; Lake Zone where the auctions are being held in Kagera and North Zone which include Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions.

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