“Focus on increasing coffee productivity and quality, prices will go up again” George Mupenzi; vice mayor for economic affairs in Ngoma district has told coffee growers.
This follows the reduction of coffee price on international market where a kilogram of coffee has fallen from Rwf170 to Rwf133.
Talking to coffee growers during the meeting, the vice mayor says that price reduction should not discourage them because international market price fluctuates depending on the quality of Rwandan coffee.
Vice mayor Mupenzi asked farmers to focus on increasing coffee productivity and quality to avoid losses.
“We are going to start the season with price reduction, but coffee growers should not be discouraged and quit the crop, Rwanda has no control over international market prices it will hike any time,” he asserts.
However, coffee growers said they are going to increase on the production so that they cover the reduction with selling coffee in big quantities.
Michel Rutsobe Sake, coffee grower in Sake sector says the quality of the coffee is one way that will help farmers cope with price reduction.
“Farmers are easily affected by price fall because they don’t know how prices are set. We are going to explain to them how the situation is and encourage them to increase coffee productivity to cover the loss,” Rutsobe narrates.
Coffee price is set by international market and announced to the growers through National Agriculture Export Development Board (NAEB).