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Uganda’s coffee exports still increasing despite Covid-19, reports Ucda

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KAMPALA, Uganda – As reported by the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA), the Coffee sub-sector Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Coffee exports in March 2020 amounted to 477,561 60-kilogram bags worth $45.87M.

This comprised 385,978 bags ($33.09M) of Robusta and 91,583 bags ($12.78M) of Arabic.

This is an increase of 38.39% and 35.72% in quantity and value respectively from the same month last year.

The country is still on track with implementing approaches in the Coffee Roadmap as presented earlier at the Sector Review by Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja the Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries.

The Uganda Coffee Development Authority, headed by Dr. Emmanuel Iyamulemye the Managing Director, publishes updated price lists and reports on the official website of the Agency which is https://ugandacoffee.go.ug.

What you Need to Know About the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA)

UCDA is a statutory body established by an Act of Parliament; Uganda Coffee Development Authority Statute 1991 as amended 1994 CAP 325 under the laws of the Republic of Uganda. We are a Government agency mandated to promote and oversee the development of the entire coffee industry through research, quality assurance and improved marketing.

Vision: “A sustainable coffee industry with high stakeholder value for social economic transformation”

Mission: “To facilitate increase in quality coffee production, productivity, and consumption”

UCDA Areas of Focusin the coffee sector

The Authority’s focus is to facilitate increase in quality coffee production, productivity, and consumption working with stakeholders who include; Farmers, nursery operators, processors, exporters and Coffee traders. UCDA is mainly a service provider and the services availed to its stakeholders include:

  • Provision of clean planting materials
  • Farmer, barista, processor and roaster trainings
  • Market research and Information dissemination to stakeholders
  • Quality improvement and enforcement
  • Support to coffee research
  • Promote domestic consumption of coffee

UCDA Scope

The Authority offers a broad range of coffee development services to 93 coffee growing districts structured into five geographical regions: Central, Northern, Eastern, Western and South Western targeting 1.7million households.

UCDA Products and Services

Coffee Development Services aims at increasing coffee production through generation of clean planting material, promotion of the re-planting program and yield improvements of existing old coffee trees, enhance use of Good Agricultural Practices, support to management of pest and diseases and use of agro-inputs and promote coffee growing in new areas, especially in Mid-Northern Uganda.

Quality Assurance and Regulation services aims at improving quality at all stages of the coffee value chain. This include quality improvement and assurance, training and skills development of the industry stakeholders:

  • Issuance of certificates for the grade and quantity of coffee,
  • Licensing of coffee roasters, processors and exporters,
  • Certification of coffee exports
  • Training on barista skills, Good Post-harvest Handling hygiene practices
  • Basic Quality Control training
  • Train and certify Q and R graders
  • Development of Coffee Profiles
  • Value Addition Services include:
  • Technical extension and demonstrations
  • Processing standards and capacity building industry stakeholders
  • Develop the coffee roasting industry
  • Support production and certification schemes for sustainable, fine and specialty coffee
  • Traceability of coffee
  • Quality Control related research
  • Promote technological design and trials as well as introduce improved processing technologies

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