Eric Katengo, a coffee farmer in Kalingwe, Kisinga Sub County, says both the curfew and ban on carrying passengers has affected the quality and volume of coffee they supply. He says buyers who use private means have seemingly halted business.
Rt. Rev. Samson Naimanhe, the Bishop of Busoga Diocese who led the thanksgiving service, called for the sensitisation of cane farmers in the region on each clause in the bill before it is discussed by parliament.
Government through the Ministry of Agriculture initiated the Agriculture Cluster Development Project. The project is aimed at registering farmers so as to suit the objective of transforming agriculture from being predominantly subsistence to commercial for food security in the country, increase household incomes and promoting exports.
Charles Kiryowa, the chairperson of Ssisa farmers Association in Wakiso district says such guidelines would be implemented effectively through co-operative societies which would guide farmers how to grow and cultivate the cash crop thus calling on government to reinstate the fallen co-operative societies.
The targets were set in line with the objectives of the Agriculture Cluster Development Project which intends to raise on-farm productivity, production, and marketable volumes of maize, beans, rice, cassava, and coffee.
Dr. Pauline Aluka, a Coffee plant breeder at the Kituza-based National Coffee Research Institute NACori says the several years of research using this latest mode of plant-let multiplication are quite promising to the countrys coffee sector.
Danny Mafabi, a coffee famer from Lushya Sub County in Bulambuli district misses the good old days when BCU would distribute farm inputs like fertilizers, insecticides, seeds and pulping machines to farmers to motivate them.
Arabica coffee farmers are stuck with their produce as a result of a slump in local coffee prices. There has been a drastic fall in coffee prices since the beginning of the year which has left farmers stranded with their produce.