Ethiopia's coffee exports up 20 pct during past 3 months: official

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-18 02:27:06|Editor: yan
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ADDIS ABABA, July 17 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia's coffee exports have registered a 20 percent increase during the past three months, according to the Ethiopian Coffee and Tea Development and Marketing Authority on Monday.

The authority has introduced various measures to reduce the impact of contraband and other illegal coffee export threats through an integrated industry-centered coffee export mechanism, local media FBC quoted Shafi Oumer, Authority's deputy head, as saying.

Ethiopia is one of Africa's largest producers of Arabica coffee and coffee production is dubbed as the backbone of the country's agriculture-led economy.

The east African country has recently revealed that it has managed to achieve 866 million U.S. dollars revenue from the export of 221,000 tonnes of coffee to the global market during the just concluded 2016/2017 fiscal year.

The export accomplishment, which addressed 56 countries worldwide, is 92 percent of the country's target in coffee export sector.

The authority further hailed the performance as "a very great achievement" compared to the previous years' performance, in which the quantity of coffee product exported has grown up by 11.5 percent while the income generated from coffee export has increased by 20 percent.

Germany, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Belgium, Sudan and South Korea are amongst of the top importers of the Ethiopian coffee, accounting for close to 86 percent of the total coffee exported from Ethiopia.