ADDIS ABABA – Authority optimist Ethiopia would join the top three coffee producing lists, if the Fifteen Years Coffee Roadmap, started in 2019, implemented effectively, it was learnt.
Approached by The Ethiopian Herald, Director General of Ethiopian Coffee and Tea Authority Dr. Adugna Debella said that the Roadmap which was started last year and to be implemented until 2034, is expected to transform the coffee sector. The Roadmap which has six pillars also aims at attaining coffee productivity, quality coffee products, search and create market linkage by deepening toe into new market, develop research linkages and others.
The Authority is also partnering with universities like Jimma and Dilla and other private companies to find solutions to coffee diseases that occur in the post-harvest period, he stressed.
“We would maintain the quality of coffee, develop foreign currency and expand our coffee market to worldwide after road maps runs effectively.”
“This new Roadmap gives new hope for the coffee-producing farmers as well in transferring their entire livelihood.” The road map beyond eyeing at coffee belt areas also aims at covering a wide-range of coffee growing areas. The Roadmap also opts to increase the current seven quintals to per hectare by three folds.
The Roadmap is financed by both the federal government and European Union. “Pruning and transplanting of saplings in the new land are also other aspects which Authority is working to increase productivity in potential areas,” he said.
Dr. Adugna added that Agency has planned to cover up to 2 million hectares of land of coffee trees throughout the country during the entire period of the Roadmap. On the other hand, we will export by adding value processed coffee and a long archaic linkage has been cut and shorten to benefit farmers as well.
At early times, Ethiopian coffee was sold mainly four countries but now there is a plan to reach more countries and 140 companies is also allowed to buy Ethiopian coffee. Ethiopia found in the world tenth and first in Africa in coffee product so far.
The Ethiopian herald June 5,2020
BY MISGANAW ASNAKE