NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to double its coffee exports to the
United States in order to tap into the lucrative North American
market, officials said on Wednesday.
Agriculture and Food
Authority (AFA) Kenya Interim Head of Coffee Directorate
Grenville Melli told a coffee forum in Nairobi that Kenya
currently exports 4000 metric tons of coffee annually the US.
“Our target is to
double exports to reach 8000 metric tonnes in the next three
years,” Melli said during a meeting on Kenya’s preparations to
participate in the Global Specialty Coffee Expo that will take
place in the United States next month.
Kenya plans to
leverage on the Expo in order to intensify its marketing efforts
so as expand coffee exports. Melli said that the United States
is an ideal market for Kenya’s coffee because it attracts
“We therefore want
to concentrate on selling specialty coffee to U.S. consumers,”
he added. In 2016, Kenya produced 46,000 metric tonnes of coffee
most of which was exported.
AFA plans to double
Kenya’s coffee production by increasing land under cultivations.
Data from the
ministry of agriculture, livestock and fisheries indicates that
the country has 113500 hectares under coffee up from 100000 ha
Melli said that by
2020 Kenya aims to have 130,000 ha under the cash crop. He noted
that the government has began to provide high yielding coffee
varieties to farmers so as to expand coffee output.