By Sylvia Kugonza
The Uganda coffee development Authority (UCDA) has disclosed that Uganda is targeting to be producing 25 Million bags of coffee by vision 2025.
According to Emmanuel Tumwizere the regional coffee extension officer Kabarole who represented the executive director UCDA during the official regional launch NUCAFE project aimed at enhancing Africa Economy through Eco Geographic Indication for coffee, Uganda is currently producing 5.6 Million bags of coffee and 3.5 million bags exported.
John Kabango the commercial officer Kabarole districthas said that the government still faces a challenge of farmers producing poor quality coffee attributing it to lack of civic education.
Kabango says Kabarole district has 17000 households coffee farmers thus it the district is ready to educate farmers on how to produce good quality.
Joseph Nkadu the executive director Nucafe says that in partnership with European Union, they have at least mobilized various coffee cooperatives in the Rwenzori region with an aim of wealth creation and poverty eradication in rural area and finding market for the farmers.
He disclosed that the association is operating in three districts of Kabarole, Bunyangabu and Kasese.
In his speech read by the Kabarole district agricultural officer Bahizi Peninah, the state minister for Agriculture Hon. Christopher Kibanzanga has commended the Nucafe director and EU for helping coffee farmers in Uganda and directed UNBS help coffee farmers to sell their coffee.
Meanwhile various coffee cooperatives were donated 6 laptops, six motor cycles and two coffee processing machines whereby the NUCAFE director Nkandu said that they are trying to help farmers not to travel long distances taking their products to market.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website