Bugisu Farmers Lose Millions in Coffee mishandling

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In short
"The high demand is forcing farmers to sale coffee which has not dried to the recommended international standards"

Poor drying techniques of coffee drying is costing  Arabica coffee farmers in Bugisu sub-region a fortune.

It all starts with Farmers who want to cash in on the current boom in the price of coffee, rushing to pack raw coffee beans.

Currently the farm gate market price premium dry coffee in Mt. Elgon region stands at 9,975 shillings per kg. This is the first time the price of coffee has more than doubled in the last ten years.

The high demand is forcing farmers to sale coffee which has not dried to the recommended international standards.

Charles Mungoma, the Quality Controller at Bugisu Cooperative Union-BCU, says that the internationally recommended moisture content of dry coffee parchment is 12 percent, but some farmers bring coffee to the union which has 17% moisture content.

Mungoma explains that the union is  forced to turn away the farmers or offer them lower than the actual prize because of the high moisture content.

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Mungoma says while the farmers bring in coffee with high moisture content, the middlemen aggravate the problem by bring coffee beans mixed with either  beans or maize. He explains that some businessmen deliberately mix  two bags of beans to make five bags of coffee in order to cash in on the high demand.

There is currently high demand of Arabica coffee.

The management of Bugisu cooperative union believe the high demand could be a result of a shortfall from Brazil which is the world’s leading producer of coffee.

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