The Director General of the National Coffee Office (ONC), Augustin Bompate Bo-Lounda, said during an interview with the ACP on Monday 19 June 2017 that the coffee “Arabica” produced for the first time in the DRC Is popular on international markets.
According to Mr Bompate Bolounda, this premium coffee is sold at 10 dollars / kg and is currently the subject of solicitations in these markets. He attributed this performance to the management spirit of the ONC management committee and its determination to rehabilitate, promote and upgrade Congolese coffee on the international market.
This coffee is produced on the shores of the Lake in the provinces of North Kivu and South Kivu. The Director-General recalled that from 1948 to 1960, Congolese coffee had years of glory. It was thus purchased on the basis of confidence (by telex) and not on the basis of a sample.
Thanks to the well-equipped extension services of the ONC, coffee quality had increased and exports had increased from 23,459 tons to 93,412 tons in 1959. From 1960 to 1965, due to post-independence tribulations, coffee production Decline as a result of the abandonment of plantations and the inadequacy of the labor force.
Thus, the sale of coffee outdoors began to take place on samples, not on the basis of confidence. According to him, his management committee is making efforts to revive the coffee sector in the DRC.
This explains the installation in December in Kinshasa of a coffee roasting machine purchased on own funds in Spain for the processing of quality ground coffee for export. It also announced the acquisition of the second machine to be installed aboard Lake Tanganyika in Kalemie in the province of Tanganyika for commercial transactions of coffee and cocoa from this port.
About Kalemie, the DG of the ONC said that he had recently carried out a work mission in this city where the new office of representation of the ONC will be opened soon and a field of experimentation of coffee and cocoa cultivation .
It will also be installed in Kinshasa, a modern laboratory for the processing of coffee and cocoa, he said, not to mention the installation in several provinces of nurseries under the supervision of the agronomists of the ONC for distribution From seedlings to peasants.
Mr Bompate has sent a message to the population and especially to young people and women to cultivate coffee under the supervision of the agronomists of the ONC in order to combat unemployment and poverty in their surroundings . For him, the cultivation of coffee, cocoa and other perennial plants will provide them with money. To the authorities, he asked to support the ONC in its efforts to revitalize and upgrade the perennial culture.
He pointed out that coffee involves 800,000 households or 4,800,000 people and allows people to access basic social services, including education, health, water and sanitation, or invest in ‘habitat.