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Burundi: Ngogomo

Citrus, Honey, Black Tea

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Region: Muyinga

Washing station: Ngogomo, 1800 small farmers

Altitude: 1500 – 1800 masl

Coffee varieties: Red Bourbon

Process: Washed process

Drying: Raised bed

Cupping notes: Citrus, Honey, Black Tea

Cupping score: 86.00

 

Ngogomo is one of the main stations in the province of Muyinga, it was constructed in 1992 and today serves more than 1,800 farmers on 18 hills. The station is overseen by sustainability and station manager Severin Nizigiyimana. With 10 fermentation tanks, 3 soaking tanks, 258 drying tables, 4 selection tables and 10 floating tanks the station can process up to 1,500 metric tons of cherry each season. 

The station also participates in a number of farmer outreach and support projects include a goat and pig project, Farmer Hub, strengthening cooperatives and distributing fertilizer and coffee trees. 

Many trees in Burundi are Red Bourbon. Because of the increasingly small size of coffee plantings, aging rootstock is a very big issue in Burundi. Many farmers have trees that are over 50 years old, but with small plots to farm, it is difficult to justify taking trees entirely out of production for the 3-4 years it will take new plantings to begin to yield. In order to encourage farmers to renovate their plantings, Bugestal (the exporter) purchases seeds from the Institut des Sciences Agronomiques du Burundi (ISABU), establishes nurseries and sells the seedlings to farmers at or below cost. In 2018, their first year growing seedlings, Ngogomo station produced 72,377 seedlings.

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