October 03, 2022
Myanmar will add 300,000 more coffee cultivation acres in five years from the 2023-2024 financial year, with a view to boosting exports, penetrating more international markets and becoming one of the leading coffee exporting countries.
According to Myanmar Coffee Association, Myanmar’s annual coffee production is estimated at 7,000 tonnes of high-land coffee Arabica and lowland coffee Robusta in Myanmar, totalling 50,000 acres. The country ships about 800-1,000 tonnes of coffee beans to Asian countries, the US and European Union member countries every year. Myanmar mostly exports coffee beans to Belgium among EU countries.
Myanmar will implement 200,000 acres of high-land coffee Arabica by dividing four zones and 100,000 acres of low-land coffee Robusta with three zones. Myanmar has earned good results in cupping competitions. Myanmar has produced speciality coffee from 2014-2015 FY.
Myanmar’s speciality coffee is shipped to Japan, the Republic of Korea, the US and EU countries. At present, the coffee industry is making a concerted effort to penetrate the German market.
Arabica coffee expansion project covers PyinOoLwin, Mogok and Nawnghkio areas under Zone 1, Ywangan, Pindaya and Naungtayar under Zone 2, Hopong, Heho, Pinlaung and Mongnai under Zone 3 and Kengtung and Tachilek under Zone 4.
The Robusta coffee cultivation will be expanded in Taninthayi Region under Zone 1, Ayeyawady Region under Zone 2 and Kayin State under Zone 3. — TWA/GNLM