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Kenya's coffee output to rise to 50,000 tonnes

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Staff Writer | September 14, 2017
Kenya expects its coffee production to hit 50,000 tonnes in the 2016/2017 crop year that ends on September 30.
Kenya coffee
Africa   Production has been declining since the late 1980s
Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) Interim Head of Coffee Directorate Grenville Kiplimo Melli told Xinhua in Nairobi that output will increase from last year's 46,000 tonnes, due to increase in land under production.

"In the past year, land under coffee cultivation has expanded by 1,000 hectares and this could expand harvest to 50,000 metric tons in 2017," Melli said.

"We have also enhanced our efforts on training farmers on the best agronomic practices required to increase yield," he added.

Kenya's coffee production has been declining since the late 1980s, when annual output hit 129,000 metric tons.

The East Africa nation accounts for less than one percent of global coffee output but its Arabica variety is highly sought after to blend with coffee from other regions.