Tanzania launched a ten year programme in 2011/2012 to increase its coffee production and quality from 50,000 tonnes annually to 150,000 tonnes in 2020/2021 according to a report by the Citizen.
Tanzania hopes to achieve the production in the four years by increasing competitiveness of small holder farmers as per the ten year plan launched in 2011/2012. Thus increasing income and improving livelihoods of the farmers.
“The challenge ahead of us is to meet the demand of hybrid seedlings needed for distribution and replanting of about 365,000 hectares,” said a report presented to stakeholders by Tanzania Coffee Research Institute (TaCRI).
TaCRI has released 15 Arabica coffee high yielding disease resistant varieties from its breeding programme. The coffee varieties are resistant to coffee wild disease (CWD) and have excellent beverage quality.
Around 36 coffee pests have been reported in East Africa with the major ones being the coffee berry disease and coffee leaf disease.