Tanzania: TaCRI releases new coffee varieties

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Published Jun 10, 2022

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The Tanzania Coffee Research Institute (TaCRI) has released new coffee varieties for commercial production, in a bid to bolster the cash crop's production in the country. The varieties include grade 4 Robusta Coffee, a high yielding large bean which is said to be resistant to Coffee Wilt Disease (CWD). Others are 19 Arabica hybrids which feature 15 tall resistant to Coffee Berry Borer (CBB).

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Others are 4 compact resistant coffee bean verities which are considered to offer good quality coffee and are also suitable for high density planting. The move is part of the development of different coffee multiplication protocols at the Lyamungu based institution. "Development of drought tolerant varieties is bent on addressing climate change issues and of course encourage more production of the cash crop in Tanzania," explained Dr Damian Mtenga, a manager at TaCRI's Coffee Improvement Programme. According to the breeder, such new varieties are intended to be used in areas that had previously grown coffee but abandoned it, due to unavailability of adequate rainfall and water for irrigation. Dr Mtenga also hinted that at least new three coffee varieties will be released in the near future. "Tanzania is one of the few countries with the best coffee globally, nevertheless introduction of such new varieties results in consistently good, mild coffees, with a well-balanced acidity," ...
Source: All Africa
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