20 September 2017

Uganda: Coffee Authority Asks Farmers to Add Value to Yields

Coffee farmers must invest in technologies that will add value to their coffee if they are to earn more money from the cash crop.

According to the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) executive director, Dr Emmanuel Lyamulemye, most Ugandans are selling raw berries which fetch lower price than when a little value was added to the crop.

Lyamulemye was speaking last week at the annual Coffee and Technology expo organized by Brazafric and Africa Coffee Academy supported by UCDA. The expo was held at the Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) grounds.

"Using quality machinery is one of the ways through which we shall increase quality coffee production for export so as to meet the target of 20 million bags in coffee export, by 2025," he said.

Minister of state for Agriculture Christopher Kibanzanga called on exhibitors to teach farmers how best the technologies on display can work for them.

"Using machinery will increase value addition of our coffee. It is important for farmers to learn how these technologies work," he said.

Robert Waggwa Nsibirwa from Africa Coffee Academy revealed that UCDA is working out an arrangement with the Uganda Development Bank (UDB) to help farmers acquire financing to buy the machines. He advised farmers to form groups to make it easy for financial institutions like UDB to lend them money.

The three-day exhibition was aimed at showing farmers machinery and technologies for processing, storage, harvesting and water saving in coffee growing.


Media Rights Body Urges Govt to Drop Charges Against NTV Journalists

An independent global media rights body, Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) has asked the Ugandan government to… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2017 The Observer. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.