ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania is set to transform 600 acres of land
which were formerly illegally used to grow khat into coffee
farms, authorities said on Thursday.
It is estimated that
28 villages in the Pare Mountain ranges of northern Tanzania’s
district of Same, Kilimanjaro Region were involved in illegal
production of khat,a plant which is classified as a narcotic.
Herman Kapufi is
the District Commissioner of Same who said: “From now on we’re
going to transform all farms which are being used for growing
narcotic drugs such as khat into coffee. And the government is
going to provide all the incentives and ways on how to grow
stakeholders in northern Tanzania, DC Kapufi said: “As
government, we are phasing-out khat farming activities in the
area, and already people have been informed on the negative side
of khat farming and offer them skills on how to grow coffee.”
According to the
official, the move is geared towards reviving coffee, which in
recent years has started performing better in the global market.
He said in the area,
where the government plans to introduce coffee production has
conditions favorable for coffee production.
Farmers who are to
be involved in the proposed coffee farming asked Tanzanian
government to ensure that all necessary farm inputs are
guaranteed so that they could produce competitive crops.
Acting director general of Tanzania Coffee Board (TCB), called
farmers in the area to embrace modern coffee farming techniques,
so that the venture is used as a tool to eradicate poverty.
production averages between 30,000-40,000 metric tons each year.
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