July 19, 2024

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Coffee Production Rises in Welayta Zone, Despite Market Challenges

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The coffee and spices office of the Welayta zone in southern Ethiopia has reported that more than 17,000 tons of ground coffee have been collected since September 2016. Additionally, 660 tons of coffee from the zone have been exported to foreign markets. According to Mr. Kfle Kawle, head of the office, the zone collected more than 17,000 tons of green coffee during this year’s production season.

Mr. Kfle Kawle highlighted that various agricultural initiatives are underway to enhance coffee production and productivity in the Welayta zone. He noted that awareness campaigns have been conducted to educate farmers on best practices for producing high-quality coffee.

Ethiopia is also focusing on other zones and wants to increase the production of coffee. The Central Ethiopia Regional Coffee and Spice Authority initiated the Coffee Planting Program in Gurage Zone Enor Woreda. The initiative aims to plant 44 million coffee seedlings in the region. Additionally, the region has allocated 147,997 hectares of land for coffee cultivation. Farmers are also experimenting with innovative methods, such as mixing coffee with bananas, to enhance their harvests.

The coffee market in the Welayta zone has been impacted by the overall decline in global coffee prices. However, there is still significant coffee production that needs to be exported to international markets by the end of June.

To sell this coffee, two main approaches are being utilized in the zone:

1. Some coffee is being roasted and brewed for local consumption and sale.

2. A larger portion is being dried and processed for export to other countries.

Currently, 36 coffee vendor associations in the zone facilitate these sales. The local government is working to increase the number of these organized groups to improve coffee marketing.

In the past, coffee was often sold by individual traders. Now, efforts are underway to transition these traders into a centralized union structure. This will allow for more coordinated and efficient marketing of the zone’s coffee production.

Moreover, if you look at the overall statistics, the Ethiopian Coffee and Tea Authority shared that they have exported 252,446 tons of coffee in the last 11 months of the current fiscal year. And they have generated $1.2 billion from these 252,446 tons of coffee. In the 2021–22 fiscal year, Ethiopia set a new record by exporting 300,000 tons of coffee, generating a revenue of $1.4 billion.