Farmers Eye High Coffee Yields


ask geneva; font-size: small;”>Speaking to representatives of coffee formers from northern Uganda at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala this week, prescription NUCAFE Executive Director, stuff Joseph Nkandu said farmers need to be briefed on the best farming practices which include fertilization and production of value added coffee which fetch higher profits contrary to production of raw coffee.

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The NUCAFE boss said contrary to other regions, the north has a long dry season which may not be conducive for coffee production.

“Therefore government has to provide drought resistant coffee planting materials if the process is to yield results,” he cautioned.

At the same event, Swaibu Mbowa, a coffee researcher called for more soil sampling before farmers can engage in extensive coffee production to ensure site suitability.

Mbowa believes that if such guidelines are followed, Uganda has the capacity of producing high coffee yields like way back when it outclassed Kenya.

Over the years, Uganda used to be the main coffee producer in the East-African region; however Kenya currently dominates the sector following the coffee wilt which invaded Uganda thirty years back.


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