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Mzuzu Coffee goes to Russia

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Mzuzu coffee has landed on an export market for coffee in Russia as part of its expansion drive, officials have said.

Already, the firm is reported to have exported 4 tonnes of the commodity to the country this year.

The news has excited coffee growers who have expressed upbeat to make the most of the available market.

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Mzuzu Coffee Chief Executive Officer, Bernard Kaunda, however, said climate change effects have not spared the industry.

“We have for the first time exported to Russia about 4 tonnes but that is normally the beginning and we pick up from there.

“We are still having some challenges originating from a number of factors, first is the distribution of the rains and the average rainfall that we receive in the coffee growing areas, they are not conducive getting much lower and lower,” Kaunda said.

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He said the firm expects production to remain the same or increase marginally.

Kaunda said farmers were also greatly affected by the fall of prices on the international market recently, and there is uncertainty on how they will perform next season.

Currently, Mzuzu coffee has markets in parts of Europe, Asia, United States and within Africa.

Coffee is one of Malawi cash crops. A recent study showed that Malawi exports 1,000 metric tonnes of coffee a year which is grown on 1,500 hectares of land, earning the country around $3 million (about K2.3 billion).

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