Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


EU to bail Zimbabwe coffee industry out

19 April 2013, 12:26 Marcus Mushonga

Harare - The European Union (EU) head of delegation in Zimbabwe, Ambassador Aldo Dell’ariccia on Friday said that the bloc is eager to help revive coffee production in the country.

Zimbabwe's Coffee production has plummeted to only 150 tonnes per annum from 25 000 in the 1990s, following the pulling out of most financiers around 2 000 in protest against Zimbabwe’s land reform programme.

Foreign currency earner

In the 1990s coffee was one of Zimbabwe’s largest foreign currency earners along with tobacco, cotton and sugar.

Dell’ariccia told CAJ News that the EU was eager to finance developmental projects in Zimbabwe.

“EU is already supporting the agriculture sector in Zimbabwe, especially the small holder farmers; like the small scale sugar growers in the low veld,” he said.

“Coffee is an important crop and we are ready to consider request from organized growers provided that the land involved is not under dispute.”

Early this month the EU released over $10 million to support various agricultural activities in the country.

Coffee is mainly grown in the Eastern Highlands in areas such as Honde Valley, Chimanimani and Vumba.

However towards the turn of the millennium great strides had been made to grow the crop in the Midlands, Mashonaland East and West provinces.

Coffee Growers Association president Gifford Trevor said millions of dollars were required to boost production of the crop.

“Both large and small scale farmers are still willing to grow the crop if funding is availed and as farmers we are organized and ready to revive the sector,” Trevor said, adding that government should also guarantee the security of tenure to protect the coffee growers’ efforts.

Trevor said Zimbabwe used to produce the best coffee in the world and wanted to return to that former glory.

“There is a lot of goodwill on our part as farmers. What we now need is political will for our country to blossom again in terms of coffee production,” he said.

He said a substantial amount of money was also required for the refurbishment of coffee milling plants.

Trevor said the price of coffee was surging on the international market.

“Zimbabwe is losing out on billions of dollars annually as the price of coffee has increased to about $3 per pound up from one dollar per pound in the early 1990s,” he said.

The crop was chiefly exported to Japan, South Africa, United States and the EU.

- CAJ News



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Wilwon Ochieng
Deputy Governor's ally found with...

The EACC has recovered KES 2 million in fake currency from a close ally of Deputy Governor for Tharaka Nithi Eliud Mati. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Mudavadi given permission to join...

Musalia Mudavadi has been ghranted permission by his party to join the CORD Coalition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
EACC officers raid Deputy Governo...

EACC officers raided the home of a Deputy Governor as theft case continues in court. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
New IEBC bosses to be named Novem...

New IEBC bosses will be named on November 30. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
DP Ruto has spoilt my name, activ...

DP William Ruto has spoilt my name, activist complains. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Apologise for attack on Auditor G...

Apologise for attack on Auditor General, President Uhuru Kenyatta is told by Kisumu Senator Anyang Nyong'o. Read more...