Angola is currently producing 15,000 tonnes of coffee per year, but this amount could double over the next two years, according to the director of the National Coffee Institute (INCA), João Ferreira Neto.
Speaking to Angolan public radio, he said that the African country earned over $2 million in 2015 from coffee exports, compared to $552.000 a year earlier. This does not include coffee exported illegally across the south border with Namibia, and the north borders with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Congo.
Ferreira Neto pointed out that Angolan coffee is mostly exported to Europe, primarily Portugal, Italy, France and Spain, while some coffee also goes to the US and, as of recently, to the Middle East, mainly the UAE.
He announced that new policies are being prepared to stimulate the production of coffee in Angola and boost exports in the mid-term. This could take production levels from 15,000 tonnes per year to approximately 30,000 tonnes annually within two to three years.
Angola has around 65,000 coffee producers, most of them located in the provinces of Kwanza Sul and Benguela.
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