Coffee Nigeriana from the Northeast
Last year, Governor Darius Ishaku of
Taraba state while commissioning a tea crusher plant in Mambilla plateau
reiterated the need to start the exportation of coffee and tea in Nigeria.
He said: ‘’The coffee and tea grown
on the Mambilla plateau is one of the highest quality in the world. With
technical support, Mambilla coffee and tea farmers could add value to their
products and bridge the gap. Aside that, they could supply raw – materials to
the beverage industries in Nigeria.’’
Mambila Plateau is Nigeria’s northern continuation of the Bamenda Highlands of Cameroon with a range coordinates of 7 20 N 11 43 E. It is located in the Southern Eastern part of Taraba State. The climate of the plateau is comparatively cold with day time temperature of about 25 Centigrade thereby making it the coolest region in Nigeria. As a result of its high elevation with a relative humidity of about 15 percent during rainy season, the plateau experiences temperate weather condition suitable for vast coffee and tea production in large quantity.
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