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Tanzania's coffee output may drop 23 per cent next season on drought

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Arabica coffee accounts for more than half of Tanzania’s output and it mainly ships coffee to Japan, Italy as well as the US, and Belgium.

Tuesday 14, May 2019

(Bloomberg) --Tanzania, Africa’s fourth-biggest coffee producer, said output next season may drop 23 per cent because of a drought and lower crop cycle.

The Tanzania Coffee Board said that the crop for the season that starts in July may decline to 50,000 tonnes, adding that last month the country had experienced dryness in many growing areas and farmers would start collecting crops in May in the Kagera and Mara regions.

After missing earlier targets to boost production, the country has said it’s considering distributing seedlings to farmers in an effort to double supply in five years.

The board said that a lower cycle will follow a bumper harvest this season and auctions for the 2019-20 crop will start in Moshi at the end of July.

TAGS : Arabica Coffee, Tanzania Coffee Board

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