The centre has teamed up with the National Agricultural Advisory Services- NAADS and National Agricultural Research Organisation â€“ NARO to help rejuvenate coffee production in Bugisu, Busoga, Bukedi and Sebei sub regions of eastern Uganda.
The centre has teamed up with the National Agricultural Advisory Services- NAADS and National Agricultural Research Organisation – NARO to help rejuvenate coffee production in Bugisu, Busoga, Bukedi and Sebei sub regions of eastern Uganda.
They have established adhoc coffee multi stakeholder innovation platforms that include that at the sub county and zonal levels and also created district adaptive research team in each of the 24 districts in the four Sub regions to help link the centre with the coffee stakeholders.
Willy Ofwono Osinde, the Zonal NAADS Coordinator, says the committee and the research team would coordinate with the coffee stakeholders and identify the challenges faced by each of the categories of farmers, bulkers, processors and marketers and will report to the centre for intervention.
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Ofwono said the centre could not sit and watch the Coffee sector in the region which has since boosted the domestic revenue of the country just die. He says the centre is concerned that Coffee that was once the biggest cash crop in Eastern Uganda has dwindled.
He notes that several attempts to boost coffee production in the region by Uganda Coffee Development Authority – UCDA and other stakeholders have not yielded much fruits.
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Fredrick Sewaya, the Eastern Regional Manager Uganda Coffee Development Authority – UCDA welcomes the innovation describing it as a good gesture. Sewaya says the initiative will boost the efforts by UCDA to rejuvenate coffee production in eastern Uganda. He says UCDA has directed to eastern region alone at least more than 5.5 percent of the 12 million coffee seedlings it distributed to farmers across the country in the last financial year.
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Bernard Mujasi, one of the coffee farmers in Busiu Sub County in Mbale district, has received the news with excitement and welcomes the innovation which he says would help farmers adapt modern farming practices that would boost the coffee production.
Mujasi, who is also Mbale District Local Council chairperson, says the coffee sector that boomed in the early 1960s in the Elgon region is no more, something he says has greatly affected the livelihoods of people in the region.
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Eastern Region is a major producer of Arabica and Robusta coffee in the country, with Arabica Coffee coming from Elgon sub region and Robusta from Busoga and parts of Bukedi sub regions.
Uganda is the second biggest coffee producer in Africa and seventh in the world.