BY WILBER MUHWEZI
IGARA West Member of parliament Rapheal Magyezi over the weekend revealed that speaker of Uganda’s parliament Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga has given him a go ahead to table a private member’s to create a tea development authority.
He noted that other crops like coffee, cotton and others have authorities that manage well their operations but tea doesnot have an authority to cater for its operations.
MP Magyezi made these remarks to www.mknewslink.com editor at Kyamuhunga sub-county headquarters during the official launch of kyamuhunga town.
He said that his town council has five functional tea factories; Igara growers tea factory, Global Village Tea factory, Kyamuhunga tea company, Macklords tea factory and Africano’s tea factory.
The chairman LC111 Kyamuhunga sub-county, Mr. Ignatius Musoke noted that other three tea factories are in offing to make them eight.
Magyezi noted that with the massive distribution of tea seedlings to farmers by operation wealth creation[OWC], there is need for an authority to regulate and manage tea in Uganda.
“The speaker of parliament has given a go ahead that as soon as parliament resumes from recess, I table the tea development authority bill as private member’s bill” Magyezi affirmed.
Ninety percent of tea produced in Uganda is auctioned in Mombasa and taken to Asian and European countries. Only 10% is consumed locally according to researchers on tea.
After making a law that puts in place a tea development authority presumably operations and management of tea will be better.