African coffee farmers aim to lift production by 50% in 15 years

By bne IntelliNews December 11, 2009
African coffee farmers aim to raise output by 50% in 15 years,Leslie Omari, chairman of the Eastern African Fine Coffees Association (EAFCA)said. Annual output may rise to between 800,000 to 900,000 tons, from 600,000tons now, as new, disease-resistant trees expand plantations, Bloombergreported. African growers account for about 12% of world production and theEAFCA will focus on the mild, higher-priced Arabica variety, mainly in Burundi, Ethiopia,Kenya, Ruanda,Tanzania and Uganda. Thestandard of living is noticeably higher in coffee-producing areas, Omari said.World coffee supply in the year started Oct 1 and is forecast at 123-125mn 60kgbags - consumption of 132mn bags is expected.

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