BUBANZA November 15th (ABP) – Coffee growers in Bubanza province (north-west Burundi) ask the state to increase the price per kilogram of coffee, and provincial administrators to closely monitor the theft in quantity, by traders on scales used to purchase coffee, this was revealed during the launch of the coffee plant spray campaign, which took place on Friday November 12 in Bubanza province.
Data from the Provincial Bureau of Environment, Agriculture and Livestock (BPEAE) shows that Bubanza province has 23,841 coffee growers, with 6,873,390 coffee trees, and expects a production of 20,620 tons of Coffee.
However, some coffee growers, contacted by ABP, consider the price per kilogram of 700 BIF received to be insufficient compared to the cost of maintenance work until harvest. One of the coffee farmers, met in Gashinge village in Musigati commune, said that a ton he harvested from 2,000 coffee trees was sold for 700,000 BIF, while the maintenance work had cost him more than a million of Burundian francs. He therefore asked the state to revise the price per kilogram upwards, because, he said, even other basic necessities have experienced a surge in prices. These coffee growers also deplored the theft in quantity by traders on scales used when buying coffee, a check on the site by ABP has revealed.
As for the governor of Bubanza province, Mr. Cléophas Nizigiyimana, as well as the agronomic supervisor at ODECA, Nestor Nyandwi, they reassured the coffee growers that the State will spare no effort to comfort them, but asked them to maintain their coffee trees for increased production in order to bring foreign currency into the country.