Integrated Effort of Coffee Farmers, Exporters Crucial: Deputy PM Demeke

Addis Ababa December 05/2018 Deputy Prime Minister, Demeke Mekonen said farmers and exporters have to work in an integrated manner to make Ethiopia benefit as much as the coffee resources it is endowed with.

The International Coffee Conference opened at the Economic Commission for Africa Hall today.

Speaking at the opening of the conference, Demeke said more than 10 million Ethiopians are engaged in coffee business.

Despite its untapped coffee potential, Ethiopia has low participation in the global market and is not benefiting from the sector.

The deputy prime minister added that even if the country introduced coffee to the world, it has failed to supply quality coffee to date.

As a result, the government of Ethiopia has prioritized the establishment of a meaningful linkage between all actors in the sector to enable the country to compete in the global coffee market, he stressed.

Demeke pointed out that the government will continue encouraging all investors who deploy modern technology and create market for Ethiopian coffee.

Agriculture Minister, Omer Hussein, said Ethiopia needs to take series of measures to make improvements in quality and quantity of coffee as the demand for coffee is rapidly growing in the global market.

According to him, coffee export has been facing lots of hurdles in exporting quality coffee that meets international demand.

Board Chairman of Ethiopian Coffee Exporters Association (ECEA), Hussein Agraw said the fast growing local coffee consumption over the past eight years is competing with low level of exports.

Ethiopia, the birth place of Coffee Arabica, is the world’s seventh largest producer of coffee and Africa’s top producer, with more than 260,000 metric tons production per annum, it was indicated.