Kampala – l;Government has invested a total amount of Shs 20bn shillings into Coffee development in the Country. The money meant is for rural farmers to boost local production, and hit an average requirement for the Country by the year 2020.
The Director of the Uganda Coffee Development Authority Dr Emmanuel Lyamulemye says the money will go to boosting Coffee production through research, innovation and development of the sector through empowering the local farmers.
Coffee is one the leading export earners for the Country, despite the long time depressions that affect the world and regional prices for the product. Through the ministry of Agriculture, government has always made numerous efforts to boost coffee production, although farmers blamed the depression on Government’s failure to provide access to foreign markets.
Dr Lyamulemye says the fund, geared towards objectives for the year 2020 will start by doing more research, and drive innovations for rural farmers to increase production. Byte- Dr Lyamulemye
Dr Lyamulemye also announced that to access the funds, all farmers will be required to register with the Authority, to enhance monitoring and collective output.
While addressing Journalists at the Uganda Media Centre on Wednesday morning, Dr Lyamulemye encouraged farmers to grow more coffee and apply irrigation to overcome the harsh weather that dries up the plant. Byte-Dr Lyamulemye
He also revealed that the Authority has introduce a Farmers’ application that will enable coffee farmers access information, register and do several other things off their mobile phones.
The app is also geared towards encouraging youths join coffee production. Uganda Coffee Development Authority will in March celebrate 25 years of coffee production with a theme to encourage sharing ideas, and attracting more farmers into coffee production.