Tanzania’s government announced steps on Monday aimed at increasing coffee output in the fiscal years 2021-2022, including the development of high-quality hybrid seedlings.
Minister of Agriculture Adolf Mkenda told parliament that the move intended to produce over 70,000 tonnes of the crop in the fiscal year 2021/2022.
According to Mkenda, the Tanzania Coffee Board (TCB) has been entrusted with producing and distributing 20 million coffee hybrid seeds across the country’s 30 coffee-growing areas.
The TCB will also be tasked with coordinating the creation of 40 coffee demonstration farms in 20 coffee-growing regions, as well as the establishment of ten big coffee plantations in ten districts, according to the minister.
Tanzania Coffee Research Institute (TaCRI) would build two coffee research facilities in the Kigoma and Mara areas, according to Mkenda.
TaCRI will also investigate the influence of climate change on coffee growing, according to him.