Zimbabwean commercial coffee farming sector collapses

The Zimbabwe Coffee Mill (ZCM) says the country’s formerly vibrant commercial coffee farming sector has all but collapsed. ZCM director Johane Jori told local media that production has slumped by nearly 3 000% over the past 28 years due to production disturbances arising from the land reform programme and lack…

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Kenya’s coffee earnings shrink

Kenya’s coffee earnings dropped by 13% in the last 4 months as international prices for the commodity fell. According to Kenya’s Daily Nation, the average price decreased from Sh25 000 (US$255)/50 kg to Sh23 300 (US$230)/50 kg. Prices on Kenya’s main grading platform, the New York Coffee Exchange dropped to…

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Tanzania cancels private coffee buyer permits

The Tanzanian government has ordered coffee farmers to stop selling their produce to middlemen and traders who roam villages, saying all coffee should now be sold through auctions. The order immediately revoked thousands of coffee buying permits held by traders who have been operating in the 16 coffee producing regions…

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Tanzania scraps 17 coffee levies to stimulate production

The Tanzanian government says it hopes to boost productivity by scrapping 17 taxes and levies that were charged for the buying, processing, marketing and selling of coffee to local and export markets. Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Minister Charles Tizeba said the review followed numerous complaints from farmers and value chain…

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