NEW UGANDA COFFEE PROCESSING PLANT TO ENSURE VALUE ADDITION FOR FARMERS

By David Ssempijja

KAMPALA, Nov 6– Coffee growers in Nakaseke, a district in central Uganda, can now look forward to reaping more from their coffee crop with the establishment of a processing plant to ensure value addition for better prices.

The plant, built at a cost of 980 million shillings (about 364,000 US dollars) will boost value chain initiatives in the area. It is an initiative of Charles Mukasa, a coffee farmer, who mobilised other farmers to form the Nakaseke Coffee Farmers Association, which was launched last month.

Mukasa, who has for the last 14 years been expanding his coffee farm from four acres in 2001 to 56 acres today, says the association has helped its 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, pig and garlic farming.

SOURCE: NEW VISION

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