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500,000 coffee seedlings to be produced.

KIGALI -- Rwanda Agricultural Research Institute (ISAR), a government research arm is set to launch a coffee tissue culture laboratory at ISAR, Rubona station in Huye, states The New Times.

"This laboratory was purposely established for mass production of coffee seedlings and it will help boost the coffee industry through increased productivity of clean plants," said Agnes Karibata, the Minister for Agriculture.

With more seedlings produced annually, the facility will help address a decrease in coffee production. The country is partly not meeting coffee production targets as a result of very old coffee trees and a good deal of farms whose age is above the economic production.

The program worth intends to produce 500,000 healthy coffee plantlets per year.

The plantlets will have high yield potential varieties for increased farm productivity and the quantity is projected to increase depending on demand.

Bio-technology offers alternative strategies for generating new and improved coffee varieties, says the Institute.
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Title Annotation:World News: Coffee and Tea Reports from the Front Line
Comment:500,000 coffee seedlings to be produced.(World News: Coffee and Tea Reports from the Front Line)
Author:Jones, Harry
Publication:Tea & Coffee Trade Journal
Date:Feb 1, 2009
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