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Coffee Exports Contribute Over 500 Million Dollars to Ethiopia

Ethiopia has produced a total of 449,000 tons of coffee in the last nine months. Out of this total production, the country has exported 159,652 tons of coffee and generated 560 million USD.

According to the Ethiopian Coffee and Tea Development and Marketing Authority, if it is true the country has great potential to grow coffee it has not benefited enough from this sector.

However, according to the entity, massive efforts are being made to improve productivity in all coffee plantation areas.

In that sense, the director general of the Authority, Sani Redi stressed they hope to become second world exporter, together with Brazil, in the near future.

In order to modernize the system, applying export control, improving ther Exchange of basic products and incentivate growers to use modern technologies are fundamental tasks to reach that objective.

‘With 5.47 million hectares of land favorable to be sowed, Ethiopia has plantations only in one million hectares, fact that notably hinders the benefits’, he said.

The European Union is the main Ethiopian market, representing the destination of 60 percent of coffee exports, while Germany, Saudi Arabia, United States, Japan and Belgium are among the main markets.

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