Coffee is a major global market and can heavily influence the increase of exported goods.
Myanmar’s natural environment is suitable for growing internationally certified coffee, and some seek the expansion of plantations to simultaneously increase foreign revenue and decrease trade deficits by gradually replacing imported coffee.
Viet Nam generates about US$ 3 billion in coffee exports annually, while Myanmar, in contrast, imports US$ 100 million worth of coffee each year.
With the development of the Myanma Coffee Sector, Myanmar coffee growers and entrepreneurs expect to earn more foreign revenues.
Compared to coffee growing countries in South-East Asia, such as Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, Myanmar’s coffee sector has lagged behind due to its weakness in techniques, a lack of exchange of news and information, and a shortage of experience in growing the coffee crop.
The coffee quality specification used throughout the world, a Cupping Score of 80 and above, was considered a special grade coffee, and coffee produced in Pyin Oo Lwin, Ywangan and Thandaung had a score of between 84 and 90, while coffee produced in Chin State was of special quality, reaching a score of 96.
To date, Chin State has more than 560 acres of coffee plantations. Annually, there will be an increase of 220 acres, reaching a total of 1,220 acres by 2021.
Farmers in Chin State are being urged to take advantage of this golden opportunity for producing high-quality coffee. This will increase the income of these farmers, as well as increase the value of the state’s export products. The land situation in Chin State remains in its natural state to this day, and local farmers should use this opportunity to produce chemical-free organic crops.
Nationwide, plans call for increasing the coffee growing acreage to 200,000 during the period between 2018 to 2030, with 600,00 tonnes of high-quality coffee to be produced by 2030.
With the emergence of coffee organizations, locally-grown coffee has found the global market and the prospects for Myanmar coffee is bright.
To boost coffee production, there is a need to distribute high-quality seeds, conduct trainings for cultivators and workshops on coffee planting, develop plans for opening laboratories, sign the GAP to acquire 16 plant breeds, cooperate with private and international organizations to elevate the quality of coffee and, in turn, raise prices, and lastly, to hold coffee forums.
We believe that if we combine our traditional methods and modern technologies in producing coffee, we will surely achieve great success.