Tanzania’s Robusta Crop to Boost Coffee Exports to 60,769 TonsFred Ojambo
Tanzania’s coffee exports through direct sales, outside of the auction system, may rise to 60,769 metric tons in 2012-13, following a bumper crop for robusta.
That compares with 33,305 tons last season, according to the Tanzania Coffee Board. The nation was Africa’s fourth-biggest exporter of the beans from December 2011 through November last year, according to the London-based International Coffee Organization.
“We produced more robusta which is directly sold to markets,” Primus Kimaryo, director of quality and promotions for the board, said today by phone from the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
Robusta output may climb this season to around 30,000 tons, up from a 15,000-ton average, because of increased planting and good weather, Adolph Kumburu, the board’s director general, said on Feb. 14. The season’s combined output for both arabica and robusta may rise to more than 65,000 tons from 33,400 tons last season, he said.
Tanzania, which reaps the crop from April through August, produces robusta in the western region, known as Kagera, while arabica is grown in the northern and southern regions.