Minister of Agriculture Given Lubinda listens with UCCI Representative Tetsuya Seki after the inauguration ceremony of the shipping of the coffee beans to Japan produced by Olam Limited today.Looking on is northern Province Minister Freedom Sikazwe. Picture by Mary Bwembya.
Minister of Agriculture Given Lubinda listens with UCCI Representative Tetsuya Seki after the inauguration ceremony of the shipping of the coffee beans to Japan produced by Olam Limited today.Looking on is northern Province Minister Freedom Sikazwe. Picture by Mary Bwembya.

Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda has officially flagged off the first ever export of Zambian coffee to Japan.

ZANIS reports that Mr Lubinda launched the shipment of the coffee beans produced by Northern Coffee Cooperation limited plantation to UCC coffee of Japan in Kasama today.

And Mr Lubinda said the export of Kasama coffee to Japan marks the revival of the coffee industry in the country.

He said the development also provides an opportunity to market Zambian coffee on the international market.

The Agriculture Minister urged the business community to consider investing in the coffee industry.

Mr Lubinda said his government will continue to support the growth of the industry by creating an enabling environment.

Earlier, Japanese Ambassador to Zambia Kiyoshi Koinuma said Japan seeks to strengthen the bilateral relationship with Zambia through enhancement of trade and investment in various sectors.

And Mwinelubemba, Chitimukulu Kanyanta Manga II praised Northern Coffee Cooperation Limited for the investment which he said will help to reduce poverty and employment.

The Mwinelubemba has since pledged to allocate land for a coffee out grower scheme for the company.

He said such investments should be encouraged by all stakeholders.

Northern Coffee Cooperation Limited, a subsidiary of OLAM limited has been in operation since 2012.

 Deputy Minister of Agriculture Maxas Ng,onga the inauguration ceremony of the shipping of the coffee beans to Japan produced by Olam Limited today. Looking on is Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda, Japanese Ambassador to Zambia Kiyoshi Koinuma, and NCCL Varun Mahajan .Picture by Mary Bwembya
Deputy Minister of Agriculture Maxas Ng,onga the inauguration ceremony of the shipping of the coffee beans to Japan produced by Olam Limited today. Looking on is Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda, Japanese Ambassador to Zambia Kiyoshi Koinuma, and NCCL Varun Mahajan .Picture by Mary Bwembya
Mwinelubemba Chitimukulu Kanyanta Manga II being welcomed by Japanese Ambassador to Zambia Kiyoshi Koinuma at the inauguration ceremony of the shipping of the coffee beans to Japan produced by Olam Limited today. Looking on is Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda and Northern Province Finister Freedom Sikazwe .Picture by Mary Bwembya
Mwinelubemba Chitimukulu Kanyanta Manga II being welcomed by Japanese Ambassador to Zambia Kiyoshi Koinuma at the inauguration ceremony of the shipping of the coffee beans to Japan produced by Olam Limited today. Looking on is Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda and Northern Province Finister Freedom Sikazwe .Picture by Mary Bwembya
Japanese Ambassador to Zambia Kiyoshi Koinuma with NCCL Varun Mahajan at the inauguration ceremony of the shipping of the coffee beans to Japan produced by Olam Limited today. The event was also attended by Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda
Japanese Ambassador to Zambia Kiyoshi Koinuma with NCCL Varun Mahajan at the inauguration ceremony of the shipping of the coffee beans to Japan produced by Olam Limited today. The event was also attended by Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda
Mwinelubemba Chitimukulu Kanyanta Manga II being welcomed by Japanese Ambassador to Zambia Kiyoshi Koinuma at the inauguration ceremony of the shipping of the coffee beans to Japan produced by Olam Limited today. Looking on is Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda and Northern Province Finister Freedom Sikazwe .Picture by Mary Bwembya
Mwinelubemba Chitimukulu Kanyanta Manga II being welcomed by Japanese Ambassador to Zambia Kiyoshi Koinuma at the inauguration ceremony of the shipping of the coffee beans to Japan produced by Olam Limited today. Looking on is Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda and Northern Province Finister Freedom Sikazwe .Picture by Mary Bwembya
Minister of Agriculture Given Lubinda pose for a photo with UCCI Representative Tetsuya Seki after the inauguration ceremony of the shipping of the coffee beans to Japan produced by Olam Limited today. The colorful event was also attended by Japanese Ambassador to Zambia Kiyoshi Koinuma , NCCL Varun Mahajan and Mwinelubemba Chitimukulu Kanyanta Manga II.Picture by Mary Bwembya.
Minister of Agriculture Given Lubinda pose for a photo with UCCI Representative Tetsuya Seki after the inauguration ceremony of the shipping of the coffee beans to Japan produced by Olam Limited today. The colorful event was also attended by Japanese Ambassador to Zambia Kiyoshi Koinuma , NCCL Varun Mahajan and Mwinelubemba Chitimukulu Kanyanta Manga II.Picture by Mary Bwembya.
Minister of Agriculture Given Lubinda listens to NCCL Representative Varun Mahajan when he toured Olam plantation today. Looking on is Japanese Ambassador to Zambia Kiyoshi Koinuma, UCCI Representative Tetsuya Seki and Mwinelubemba Chitimukulu Kanyanta Manga after the inauguration ceremony of the shipping of the coffee beans to Japan produced by Olam Limited
Minister of Agriculture Given Lubinda listens to NCCL Representative Varun Mahajan when he toured Olam plantation today. Looking on is Japanese Ambassador to Zambia Kiyoshi Koinuma, UCCI Representative Tetsuya Seki and Mwinelubemba Chitimukulu Kanyanta Manga after the inauguration ceremony of the shipping of the coffee beans to Japan produced by Olam Limited
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  1. WE BUY FROM THESE COUNTRIES. I DON’T KNOW WHY IT SHOULD TAKE SO LONG TO ACCEPT ZAMBIAN COFFEE BY JAPAN. TROUBLE IS THEY WANT US TO BUYING SECOND HAND CAR FROM THEM BUT THEY DON’T WANT TO BUY OUR UN-USED COFFEE FROM US. I HOPE THEY DID NOT FIX THE COFFEE PRICE TO SUIT THEIR POCKET WHILE DEGRADING OUR COFFEE.

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    • your comment is baseless. You seem to have no clue on what you are commenting on. What has cars got to do with coffee or fixing prices to suit Japanese? if you dont understand simple issues that are straight forward better get back to work and worst not employers time with your ignorance.

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  2. I would like to go into coffee growing before I come back home. I need to know where one can get the coffee seeds in Zambia, can some one advise me so that I advise my family back home to do the needful. I will be coming back home next year after an absence of 5 years so I want to go into this coffee growing can some one back home please advise.

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    • UNIPIST coffee is a bit complicated in that it is not grown everywhere in Zambia.Also you need to consider other factors such as soil composition,latitude of your farm,and if you have water and electricity readily available.You do not need seeds but seedlings(Pot trees of coffee).

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  3. Good; hope it really grows beyond just rhetorical launches, like many others before, which did not end anywhere. For example, Kawambwa tea was launched as a privitised entity, today, after a decade, the company can’t pay anyone – it’s non-operational, silently, without a delaunching ceremony! Zambians, let’s use our God given land to export also!

    On a lighter note: I thought Given Lubinda was also a Japanese, or of Japanese origin; fits so well with them!

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  4. NO, we shouldn’t be exporting raw beans and be proud of that; what we should be exporting is already processed coffee from the Zambian soil. How silly are we, today we export bean bags to Japan only to buy it back in processed form at expensive prices? We need to work on value addition on the ground.

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  5. Uniform Commercial code (UCC) determines that country A produces raw material, sells the raw material to country B, country B sells its processed goods to country C. No one looses business.

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