Uganda’s agriculture minister Tress Bucyanayandi called for a review of the coffee regulation in order to better address the big challenges facing the industry.
According to Bucyanayandi, a number of local and international issues need to be addressed or mitigated.
He cited problems like the coffee wilt disease and other pests and diseases, few clean planting materials, increased demand for better quality coffee in international specialty market, high percentage of old coffee trees, soil fertility, value addition to finished products and said they are affecting the coffee sector.
He also stressed the importance to support coffee research the Kituza at the Kituza Research station.
“These challenges need to be addressed to improve farmer incomes and the country’s competitiveness in the global coffee market, you need to attract youth and women into coffee production, marketing and value addition,” he emphasized.
Source: New Vision