Tanzania Output Expected to Double in 2012-13 Season

May 31, 2012 12:51 pm

Tanzania’s 2012-13 (May-April) coffee production is estimated at 61,012 metric tons, nearly double the 32,044 tons last season, a Tanzania Coffee Board official told Dow Jones Newswires late Wednesday.

This is the heavy crop year in the alternating low and high natural production cycle but the weather has also favored output, Primus Kimaryo, director of quality and promotion at the Tanzania Coffee Board said in an email.

In 2010-11, production was 56,031 tons, Kimaryo said.

Normal-to-above-normal rains occurred in the northern coffee growing areas of Tanzania in March to May, long rains and the short rains in October to December were also favorable, according the Tanzania Meteorological Agency.

Tanzania, like the rest of East African coffee-producing nations except Ethiopia, exports nearly 98% of its coffee, mainly to the European Union, U.S. and Middle East, although currently it is looking for markets in the Far East, especially China and Japan.

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