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Tanzania has reviewed coffee buying system in an effort to benefit farmers and the country at large, a senior official of the Tanzania Coffee Board (TCB) said on Sunday.

The government has approved a buying system, TCB Acting Director General Primus Kimaryo told a media briefing.

Under the new arrangement, coffee beans will be collected from farmers and primary co-operative unions to the northern Tanzania’s town of Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region, for auctioning.

“The coffee board will hold an auction (in Moshi) where the majority of Tanzania coffee for export is offered and where licensed bidders are available,” Kimaryo said.

No individual buyer will be allowed to buy coffee beans directly from farmers as it was before, he said.

“The idea is to ensure coffee growers benefit from their products as more buyers are expected to buy at the auction, the situation that will increase competition, hence benefit farmers,” Kimaryo said. “We also want to ensure the quality of coffee beans in the market.”

Tanzanian coffee production averages between 30,000-40,000 metric tonnes each year, about 70 percent Arabica and 30 percent Robusta.

Coffee is Tanzania’s largest export crop, which contributes about 115 million dollars to the country’s export earnings. About 95 percent of coffee is produced by some 400,000 smallholders on plots averaging 1-2 hectares. Enditem

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