Authorities intercept 20 tonnes of smuggled coffee

AUTHORITIES in Kyerwa district, Kagera region recently intercepted a consignment of 21 tonnes of coffee being smuggled to a neighboring country.

Kyerwa District Council Chairman, Mr Bahati James told the full council meeting held on Wednesday that the consignment was intercepted near the Murongo border.

Though the country where the consignment was being smuggled to was not disclosed it is understandable that through Murongo border one can cross to either Rwanda or Uganda.

“Several suspects, four vehicles and ten motor cycles have been arrested and are helping in the police investigations. People have been cautioned to avoid smuggling the cash crop because the offense amounts to economic sabotage,” he warned.

Mr James also reminded farmers to ensure that they sell their coffee through their respective Agricultural and Marketing Cooperative Societies (AMCOS) because the government had put in place necessary logistics to enable them to get good prices.

“We commend President Samia Suluhu Hassan for implementing people- oriented projects that have positively improved their lives. The government-led interventions have enabled farmers in Kagera region to get attractive prices for their coffee sold through the AMCOS,” he said.

Meanwhile, Tanzania  Coffee  Board (TCB)  Regional Manager, Mr Edmond Zani revealed that within a period of two months  over 35,000 tonnes of coffee were sold through on-line auctions, enabling Kagera farmers to pocket over 75.1bn/-.

“The government-led interventions have positively improved   farmers livelihoods in Kagera region enabling them to pocket over 75.1bn/- for 35,000 tonnes of coffee sold through on-line auctions within a period of two months. This is very commendable” he said.

Karagwe and Kyerwa districts   were leading by producing the   best coffee in their fertile fields, enabling the farmers to earn more incomes.

He explained that  during the auction held on August 31, this year Nyaruzumbura AMCOS from  Kyerwa district sold a total of 221,471 kilogrammes  of coffee with a  kilogramme of  Robusta fetching 2,215/- while  Rwele AMCOS sold a total of 78,508 kilogrammes   at  2,205/-  per kg.

Ngara  AMCOS  in  Ngara district sold a total of 61,775 kilogrammes  at  2,090/- per kilogramme while Ruhoko AMCOS  from Bukoba DC sold a total of 63,116 kilogrammes of Robusta with a kilogramme fetching  2,100/-.Buganguzi AMCOS  in Muleba district sold a total of 162 kilogrammes  of Arabica clean at  4,005/- per kilogramme.

He explained that the auctions are being held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday covering AMCOS under the Kagera   Cooperative Union (KCU), Karagwe District Cooperative Union (KDCU) and Ngara AMCOS.

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