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Tanzania: Low Prices Fuel Coffee Smuggling to Neighboring Countries


 Low producer prices could be the reason that has forced some coffee farmers to smuggle the crop to markets in the neighbouring countries.

Stakeholders in the industry said the Sh 2,000 per kilogramme paid to the farmers at the primary societies was far below their production costs.

“The coffee industry is in deep crisis. There should be deliberate efforts to rescue it,” lamented Edna Lugano, a project coordinator with Agricultural Non-Stake Actors Forum (ANSAF), a lobby group.

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