Kenya’s coffee production drops for second year

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Kenya’s coffee production drops for second year


A farmer picks coffee berries in Nyeri, central Kenya. PHOTO FILE | NMG

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  • The latest data from the International Coffee Organization (ICO) for one year up to May 2021 show that production has increased from 930,000 sixty-kilogram bags in 2018 to 775,000 in the 2020 crop year.
  • The decline in production in recent years has been caused by the conversion of coffee plantations to other more lucrative crops and real estate projects, obsolete farming practices and climate change.

Kenya’s coffee production has fallen for two consecutive years, pushing the country even further behind the main African producers of this commodity, whose price has rebounded on the international market.

The latest data from the International Coffee Organization (ICO) for one year up to May 2021 show that production has increased from 930,000 sixty-kilogram bags in 2018 to 775,000 in the 2020 crop year.

The decline in production in recent years has been caused by the conversion of coffee plantations to other more lucrative crops and real estate projects, obsolete farming practices and climate change.

Kenya is the fifth largest coffee producer in Africa behind Ethiopia (7.38 million bags), Uganda (5.62 million bags), Côte d’Ivoire (1.78 million bags) and Tanzania (913,000 bags).

The rise in prices, however, gives farmers a reason to smile despite the drop in production, the drop in production in Brazil, the world’s largest coffee producer, helping to raise prices.

Currently, the price of coffee on the New York Stock Exchange, which serves as the benchmark for all world prices, peaks at 200 US cents ($ 2) a pound, from 144 cents in April.

“Brazil has experienced drought and therefore has problems in everything it grows, including sugar, soybeans and coffee,” Central Bank of Kenya Governor Patrick Njoroge said during a conference. ‘a briefing on September 29.

In the eight months to August, coffee exports rose 15.2 percent to 20.1 billion shillings ($ 182 million), aided by rising world prices and declining supply of Brazil.

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