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Tanzania plans 70,000 tonnes annual coffee production

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The government of Tanzania on Monday announced measures aimed at boosting production of coffee in the 2021/2022 financial year, including production of high quality hybrid seeds.

Adolf Mkenda, the Minister for Agriculture, told the parliament that the move was aimed at producing over 70,000 tonnes of the crop in the 2021/2022 fiscal year.

Mkenda said the Tanzania Coffee
Board (TCB) has been tasked to produce and distribute 20 million coffee hybrid seeds to 30 coffee growing districts in the country.

The minister added that the TCB will also be mandated to coordinate the establishment of 40 coffee demonstration farms in 20 coffee growing districts and the establishment of 10 large coffee plantations in 10 districts.

Mkenda said the Tanzania Coffee Research Institute (TaCRI) will construct two coffee research centers in Kigoma and Mara regions.

He said TaCRI will also research on the impact of climate change to coffee farming.

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