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Nakaseke coffee plant starts

RESIDENTS of Nakaseke will now reap more from their coffee crop. This is a result of the establishment of a processing plant to ensure value addition for better prices.

The sh980m plant will boost value chain initiatives in the area.

The investment courtesy of Charles Mukasa, a coffee farmer, who later mobilised other farmers to form Nakaseke Coffee Farmers Association, was launched last month. Mukasa has for the last 14 years been expanding his coffee farm from four acres in 2001, to 56 acres today.

He says the association has helped members to access assistance from financial institutions, the Government and private development partners.

They also benefit from collective marketing, a move that guarantees more bargaining power because of selling a bigger processed tonnage with uniform quality.

“This coffee processing project will provide job opportunities and help members in the area to sell their coffee after value addition,” he said.

The association currently has 180 members. The group further intends to venture into large scale poultry, piggery and garlic farming.