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New Board Told to Boost Coffee Revenues

order http://charadas.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-sharing-buttons-endpoint.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Information Minister, what is ed http://communityartsprogram.org/wp-content/plugins/wp-retina-2x/wp-retina-2x.php Rose Namayanja says this is in consideration “of the position of coffee as one of Uganda’s key foreign exchange earners.”

Coffee is a major cash crop in Uganda paying about 20-30 percent of foreign exchange earnings. This makes it the more exported than other cash crops.

Namayanja says in a brief seen by Chimpreports on Friday that “Government expects the new Board of UCDA to oversee the coffee industry through offering policy direction regarding research and quality control and improved marketing for coffee.”

In 1980, the government of Uganda assessed that farmers grew up to one hundred ninety one thousand seven hundred (191,700) hectares of rubosta coffee, most of this in south eastern Uganda and about thirty three thousand (33,000) hectares of Arabic coffee in high land altitude zones of south eastern and south western Uganda.

These statistics endured the same for the entire decade.

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In 1989, Uganda’s coffee production capacity surpassed it’ quota of 2.5 million bags but export volumes were diminished by economic and security hitches and large a mounts of coffee were still being smuggled out of Uganda for sale in the neighbouring countries.


Since the liberalisation of coffee markets in 1991, the Uganda government has invigorated coffee farmers to gradually replace the old diseased coffee trees with new genetically pure and high yielding coffee varieties.

Currently coffee is grown on two hundred eighty two thousand (282,000) hectares of land in the entire country with rubosta coffee covering two hundred twenty six thousand (226,000) hectares and Arabic coffee covering the remaining fifty six thousand hectares.

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