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Jamaica Coffee Exporters Association president Norman Grant expressed confidence that prices will improve as growers work to increase supply.

Grant says he’s banking on today’s growing demand for Jamaican coffee, led by premium Blue Mountain coffee.

He says the association, in partnership with the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA), has engaged in a process with the government to review the expansion of the plantation.

He says they have asked the government to inject $1 billion into the coffee plantation over the next five years.

Grant says this will increase production from its current level of 270,000 boxes to 450,000 boxes.

According to him, this will increase revenue from US$17 million per year to US$25 million.

“It will also lead to import substitution, increasing coffee production in our areas other than Blue Mountain for local consumption. If this program gets started, over a 10-year period we could see the Jamaican coffee industry generate $100 million a year,” Grant said.

He congratulated Agriculture Minister Pearnel Charles Jnr. for encouraging the industry so far and being open to the project.

“This is a project we need to kick off, it’s a game-changer for the coffee industry, and we will continue to drive it to make sure it happens.”

Grant was recently speaking at the Ueshima Coffee Company’s Coffee Quality Competition held at Devon House in St Andrew.

According to him, increased production of Jamaican coffee would increase farmers’ incomes by US$1.5 billion.

“We are currently producing 270,000 boxes and if we could produce 320,000 to 350,000 boxes in this crop we would have sold it and therefore it is eager to debate that we need to be consistent with the increase in production” , did he declare.

He congratulated the farmers for their participation in the UCC Coffee Quality Contest and praised the Japanese coffee company Ueshima for continuing to support the company which is now celebrating its six-year anniversary.

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