UCDA to Register Coffee Farmers

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UCDA Executive Director Dr Emmanuel Lyamulemye says that the farmer register will guide the authority in establishing the exact number of farmers involved in coffee production, the acreage and quantity from each region.

The Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) is undertaking to register coffee farmers across the country in a move to boost production and quality of the cash crop.

UCDA Executive Director Dr Emmanuel Lyamulemye says that the farmer register will guide the authority in establishing the exact number of farmers involved in coffee production, the acreage and quantity from each region.

The drive starts this month in Mukono district as a pilot project before it can be rolled out to the entire parts of the country. It is undertaken as a joint project between Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA and the Ministry of Agriculture.

A smartphone application will be used to collect bio data, location, and production level, farming practices, trees and types of coffee from each farmer. The information will then be stored on UCDA's server to inform sector decisions and policies.

The age of the coffee will also be determined for the old ones to be rehabilitated so they become productive. He says the old coffee needs special care like use of fertilizers and irrigation.
 
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It is estimated that about 42 percent of Uganda's population is involved in the various stages of coffee production. However, UCDA says that these numbers could be disputable considering the absence of research and comprehensive studies on the sector.

In addition, Lyamulemye adds, that all Ugandans interested in growing coffee will get free seedlings upon registering with local councils and parishes.

He says this year alone, Government targets to give out 300 million seedlings in line with its vision 2024 of raising the number of coffee bags from 4 million to 20 million. He says the farmers will be taught better ways of planting and handling coffee.
 
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Uganda is the centre of excellence of Robusta coffee which is indigenous in Uganda. Uganda boasts of the highest quality of coffee in terms of test, values and variety. Last season, Uganda produced 4 million kilograms in both export volumes and partly local consumption.

 

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