SANA'A, Jan. 16 (Saba) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation plans to increase Yemen's productivity of coffee to 50 thousand tons during the next five years.
The ministry said that it has adopted a package of programs and executive plans to revitalize the cultivation of this national product and important economic resource, which has been neglected in some growing areas.
According to official agricultural statistics, Yemen's productivity of coffee in 2013 reached 19,984 tons from a cultivated area of over 35 thousand hectares, which is a simple index compared to the 2009 production amounting to 18,924 tons from a planted area of 34,497 hectares.
The statistics showed that Sana'a province topped the list of provinces producing coffee in 2013 with 7,112 tons from an area of 11,235 hectares, followed by Raymah province with 4,139 tons from an area of 7,715 hectares, then Sa'ada province with 1,752 tons from an area of 3,471 hectares.
The Yemeni coffee exports in 2013 totaled 2,251 tons worth about 2.4 billion riyals, according to data issued by the Central Bureau of Statistics .
The data indicated that the Saudi market topped the importers, followed by the United States, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Britain and other countries.