KAMPALA-- A lot has been happening in the coffee sector in Uganda since the establishment of Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) by President Yoweri Museveni in 2013 with the number of coffee seedlings planted rising from 19.3 million at the commencement of the initiative five years ago to the current 172.77 million seedlings.

If there is any strong indicator required to show that the agricultural sector in the country still has a lot of potential to develop with increased government support, these numbers offer the best example.

Uganda has seen coffee production increase from four million bags in 2015 to 4.7 million bags last year. Given its very conducive climate which ensures growth of some of the best coffee in the world and as more people embrace the free coffee seedlings provided by the government through the OWC initiative, the only direction for the highly consumed beverage is up.

In the same time span, the total number of coffee beneficiaries has increased from 435,474 in 2014 to 730,000 last year. This is also projected to increase again to 873,600 farmers by the end of this year.

The good news does not end there. Coffee still manages to be one of the crops with a steady export market value that can perhaps only be compared with crude oil.

And as the quantity and quality of Uganda's coffee improves, a number of global stakeholders are taking more interest in the country's produce. Recently, 20 Ugandan coffee entrepreneurs travelled to the United States to attend the Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle.

The expo provided a much-needed platform for promotion of our coffee in the highly specialised and competitive US market which holds great potential for Uganda's coffee exports.


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