The Perfect Cup of Coffee Begins with a Well Natured Plantation
With a coffee shop on nearly every corner in countless cities around the globe, it comes as no surprise that coffee is one of the top commodities worldwide. As the third most consumed beverage, after water and tea, coffee beans are in high demand everywhere.
Brazil is best known for not only ranking number one in coffee production, but for the expertise and detail involved in bringing up coffee trees. As the common saying goes ‘If you want to be the best, learn from the best’, countries such as Kenya have taken to increase their coffee production by rubbing shoulders with the world leader.
Growers from 12 professional farms in Kenya benefited from an educational tour to Brazil organized by Amiran Kenya. Well known for its role as an agricultural solution provider, Amiran clearly understands the need for mentorship and in the common slogan ‘seeing is believing’.
“It has taken a lot of effort and hard work for Brazil to be able to produce more than 2,609,040 tonnes of coffee during the April-March harvest in 2017. To reap the most out of farming, it is important for our farmers to learn from professional growers, in addition to the application of better agronomic practices.”
Amiran is keen on ensuring farmers try out more innovative options like planting more trees on the same acreage of land. The common practice among Kenyan coffee growers is to plant about 450 trees in an acre at the spacing of three meters between trees and between rows. Yet in Brazil, which is the world’s leading coffee producer, about 1,300 coffee trees are planted in an acre.
Being smart amidst unpredictable weather patterns
In recent years, the world’s coffee production faced the impact of higher temperatures and lower rain levels that in turn influenced coffee yield and quality as well as increase in pest and diseases. The changing weather patterns calls for farmers to practice climate-smart agriculture such as the use of Amiran’s Nutrigation system.
The Amiran Nutrigation system is used for fertigation as soluble crop nutrients (fertilizers) are added to the irrigation water and dispersed equally among the plants through the drip lines. Introducing fertilizer through the drip lines ensures full utilization of the fertilizer properties as it is not washed away after being applied in large quantities.
There are also crop protection benefits to using the Nutrigation System. Most fungal disease thrive in moist environments that are created by sprinkler or flood irrigation. Drip is applied underneath the plant’s foliage which preserves dry surroundings. In addition, pesticides are not washed off the plants which ideally should be left on the leaves for as long as possible to prolong the effect.
Amiran believes that the lessons brought back home from Brazil will help both large and small-scale coffee growers reap the most out of their plantations. One of the most exciting aspects is that even though Amiran is located in Kenya, the company partners with its sister companies in East, South and Western Africa on various coffee projects. Amiran will repackage what was learnt from Brazil to suite the requirements needed for the success of the African farmer.