Coffee growers in Kagera urged to liaise with experts for betteryields

14Jul 2020
The Guardian
Coffee growers in Kagera urged to liaise with experts for betteryields

​​​​​​​COFFEE farmers in Kagera Region are required to cooperate with agricultural experts when they visit their farms to provide training on the revival of the farms and planting quality seedlings.

The farmer-expert teamwork will assist in the increase of crop yields as there have been production challenges resulting in low crops yields unanticipated by farmers.

The call was given by farming experts from the Region’s districts who had been trained on skills to persuade farmers learn of better farming techniques through study farms.

Elizabeth Ndaba, a farming expert from Kyerwa District said to a large extent farmers have regarded coffee farming as a source for their economic wellbeing.

He said their problem is the lack of education in the preservation of a coffee trunk essential in better crops yields and that this was better learned from experts’ practical training.

Siraji Ismail, a farming expert from Missenyi District said in order to bring envisaged changes that would revive their coffee crops youth’s labour from both urban and rural areas should be utilized to train farmers.

He said in 2016 coffee trees were infected the yellow leaf disease that saw some farmers continue farming the crop.

Kagera Region’s Café Africa Project Manager Daniel Mwakalinga said study farm training was essential for coffee farmers for the increase of crop yields.

He added that district farming experts through secondary cooperatives – Kagera Cooperative Union (KCU) and Karagwe District Cooperative Union (KDCU) will participate in aiding farmers to ensure they increase their coffee harvests.

Dr Nyambisi Ng’homa, Senior Researcher from Tanzania Coffee Research Institute (TACRI) in Kagera Region said as for now a farmer produces half a kilogram of coffee from one coffee tree, the yield should be one and half kilogram upwards.

Loise Baraka, an agricultural official from the office of the Kagera Regional Commissioner said last year the region produced 50,000 tons of coffee with husks as targeted.

He said in this year the target is 70,000 tons of coffee with husks if farmers will abide by the training provided by experts.

He said tending of farms by increasing fertilizer thereon helps in the growth of coffee trees.