Ankole coffee producers support mandatory registration of farmers

“Registration of all farmers will help the Authority establish a database of farmers and use the information to design programs that will help the coffee sector to implement the coffee roadmap objective 20million bags by 2025,” the leaders of the Ankole Coffee Producers said.

Representatives of Ankole Coffee Producers Cooperative Union Limited have supported the clause in the National Coffee Bill which provides for mandatory registration of all coffee farmers.

“Registration of all farmers will help the Authority establish a database of farmers and use the information to design programs that will help the coffee sector to implement the coffee roadmap objective 20million bags by 2025,” the leaders of the Ankole Coffee Producers said.

In their proposals which were presented by the Ankole Coffee Producers Cooperative Union Limited’s general manager John Nuwagaba to the parliament agriculture committee yesterday, they argued that registration of farmers will be useful in various ways including facilitation of extension service delivery, collective marketing, access to credit, enhance distribution of free farm inputs, irrigation, and enhancing traceability of exported coffee from producers to consumers.

Other advantages of registering farmers which they pointed out include management of coffee pests and diseases, addressing critical gaps in production, post-harvest handling, and processing and marketing of coffee so as to maximize benefits for farmers.

“All these interventions connected to registration of farmers will lead to increased production. Traceability is the key to buyer confidence and transparent relationships with smallholders which will facilitate marketing of the coffee and fetch premium prices. Publicized information from the Authority will attract partners, investors as well as researchers who are pertinent to the development of the industry,” Nuwagaba stated.

The Ankole Coffee Cooperative raised concern that the Bill lacks clauses for guiding and regulating the use of coffee chemicals which endanger Uganda’s coffee market internationally.

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