Official Government Wires

*Government needs more land for coffee, tea*

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Nyamagabe, Southern Province, November 06 (RNA) - Determined to maintain the
increasing revenue from coffee and tea, government wants the Southern
Province to provide more land for the crops that have become some of the
biggest revenue sources, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.

Line-Minister Mr. Christophe Bazivamo told provincial district leaders
Thursday that some 9000 hectares are required countywide for tea but only
5000 hectares have been availed by Karongi (2000H) in the Western Province,
and Nyaruguru (3000H) in the South.

He said Nyamagabe and Nyaruguru are expected to find and put aside 4000
hectares for tea.

As for coffee, Southern Province districts had been engaged to avail some
3968hectares for planting of the millions of prepared coffee-seedlings, but
the seven districts have only been able to put together 1153 hectares. This
leaves a deficit of 2815 hectares.

The Southern and Western provinces have become the reap-centers for
high-quality coffees that have earned international acclaim - putting Rwanda
on the world stage. American coffee chain Starbucks imports thousands of
tonnes of Rwandan bourbon coffee, sold in more than 5000 stores across the
U.S. The firm has also started selling Rwandan coffee in the Middle East.

In a recent 'Cup of Excellence' competition in Kigali conducted by
international coffee experts, 12 of the 24 best coffees came from the
Southern Province - which also had the best position. The top coffee sold at
39 dollars per kilo

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