President Museveni has directed district officials to arrest traders who buy wet coffee beans from farmers in rural areas. Mr Museveni, who blamed the coffee dealers for a reduction in the quality of coffee exported from Uganda, gave the directive on Thursday during the 90th International Cooperative anniversary celebrations at Kabwohe playground in Sheema District.
"I don't want to hear that people are buying fresh coffee from farmers any more. The minister of trade and industry should get closer to Uganda Coffee Development Authority and the Bureau of Standards to make sure that no businessman gets involved in this," Mr Museveni said.
In what has now become a familiar song, the President blamed past leaders for failing to put in place and check the control chain of coffee trade from the farm to the market.
UGANDA's Robusta coffee is now being used as a benchmark for coffee from other countries in London. David Kiwanuka, Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) manager, quality, regulatory and information services says, Uganda's Robusta coffee has special attributes.
"It is grown on a high altitude than any other origins (species). It's not propagated by any genetic modification, but vegetatively multiplied by rooted cuttings and elite seed," he adds.
Robusta is generally cultivated with no application of chemical fertilisers, fungicides or pesticides. Uganda, being a natural home for Robusta coffee, it grows in a perfect environment with good soils and weather.
Robusta coffee has a hard bean which gives a very good roast. It has a mild soft sweet and neutral taste as well as properties ideal for survival of the crop throughout the year.
On 31st July 2012 the NUCAFE strategic plan 2012- 2016 was launched. This ceremony was plea sided by Minister of state for Agriculture, Honorable Professor Z. M Nyira.
During the ceremony Board Chairman Hon. Gerald Ssendaula and his Vice chairman Cyprian Bangirana were all present. See more in our photo gallery.