UCDA Lifts Ban on Coffee Trade in Busoga

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The Managing Director Uganda Coffee Development Authority, Henry Ngabirano, says that after a thorough survey in the region they have lifted the ban because the coffee beans meet the required 12 percent moisture content.

Uganda Coffee Development Authority - UCDA has lifted the ban in the trade of coffee from Busoga region. In January 2012, UCDA banned the buying of coffee from Busoga region citing poor quality. It came after some coffee farmers started harvesting and packing immature coffee beans to earn quick money as a result of increased demand, which compromised the quality of the beans.

As a result, UCDA moved in and banned the buying of coffee from Busoga region. The managing Director Uganda Coffee Development Authority, Henry Ngabirano, says that after a thorough survey in the region they have lifted the ban because the coffee beans meet the required 12 percent moisture content.
 
James Magona, the Manager UCDA Busoga region warns farmers to shun middle men, who he accuses of contaminating the coffee beans. He explains that some businessmen deliberately mix coffee with beans so as cash in more money. Patrick Nabongo , the chairperson Jinja coffee farmers Association says that the Association can do little to change the situation.
 
He appeals to individual farmers to take necessary precaution to maintain the required coffee standards in order not to lose market. Currently, a kilogram of coffee fetches between 4,200 and 4,600 shillings. Uganda’s coffee exports rose by 56 percent in May 2013 after farmers sold huge volumes to prevent further losses as prices for the bean tumbled.

Uganda primarily cultivates the Robusta variety and substantially relies on exports of coffee for its foreign exchange earnings.