Myanmar strives to double coffee exports in 2023

YANGON, March 22 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar aims to double coffee exports to 10,000 tons this year, an official from the Ministry of Commerce said on Wednesday.

Official data showed that the Southeast Asian country exported nearly 5,000 tons of coffee in 2022.

Coffee is annually harvested in Myanmar between November and February, and it is exported to foreign markets between April and May.

Myanmar exported more than 5,800 tons of coffee in the fiscal year 2021-22 (April 2021-March 2022). The country exported coffee to countries including China, Thailand, the United States, the Netherlands, Australia, Japan, France, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland.

There are some 50,000 acres of coffee plantations in Myanmar, about 38,000 acres of which are Arabica and 12,000 acres are Robusta.

The country produces over 9,000 tons of coffee yearly and is exporting its Arabica coffee to the global market, according to the agriculture department.

Most of the coffee plantations in Myanmar are in Mandalay Region, Shan State and Kayin State.

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