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Ethiopia’s coffee production is expected to flourish with highs of four folds in the coming harvest season as the rejuvenating initiative is said to reap benefits this season.

The Ethiopian Coffee and Tea Authority (ECTA) and coffee producing regions conducted massive campaigns for the past four years in order to replace aged coffee bushes whilst rejuvenating others besides expanding coffee farms.

The previous years’ initiatives will reap results in the coming harvest season which will begin from the end of October.

The major challenge for the Ethiopian coffee sector is production and productivity, due to that the volume was not sufficient as per the demand.

The reason for less production is that most coffee bushes are very old. In order to boost the trajectory and improve the productivity, relevant government bodies carried out aggressive movements in the past years.

Because of the rejuvenation, it is expected that coffee production has shown slight reduction in years when the initiation was undertaken, but it will give positive changes in the coming year.

It is to be remembered that the production was close to 700,000 metric tons per year in the past few harvest seasons.

In the past four years, aged coffee bushes that covered 400,000 hectare of land have been rejuvenated, while coffee bushes that rejuvenated four years ago have started brewing fruit from the 2021/22 harvest season.

In the coming harvest season, there will be no bushes that will withdraw from production. Because of these reason, it is expected for production to shoot up three to four folds. Adding this factor to the massive improvement in export earnings, it is expected that Ethiopia will register another export earnings record.


Source: Capital News