Farmers collect over 467 mln. Birr from coffee sales

Farmers in Bench Maji Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State (SNNPRS) have secured over 467.6 million birr revenue from sale of coffee during the first nine months of this Ethiopian Fiscal year, the zonal marketing cooperatives department said. The department told Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) that the farmers in eight coffee growing woredas of the zone obtained the stated sum by supplying nearly 5,900 tons of coffee to the central market during the reported period. According to the department, the amount of coffee supplied to the market has declined compared to that of the set target and the previous year same period by 4,800 tons and 1,300 tons respectively. The reduced coffee price in the world market contributed to the decline, the department said. Kundissa Ferki, a coffee grower, said the support provided by extension workers is helping them to increase productivity and thereby raise their income.
(The Ethiopian Herald)