She said it is essential for all coffee farmers to join cooperatives and market their produce collectively.
According to Wambi, because of the failure by farmers to join cooperatives, they have been cheated by middle men and that they lack the bargaining power and they are not in position to lobby for better markets.
farmers in Mbale district have been urged to work through cooperative societies
to boot their bargaining power during the sale of their products and the
production of coffee.
Wednesday during the launch of the Fair for All Project by the Southern
and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) Uganda, the Mbale district
Commercial Officer said that the new generation of coffee farmers have not
picked interest in the cooperatives within the country.
She said it is essential for all coffee farmers to join cooperatives and
market their produce collectively.
According to Wambi, because of the failure by farmers to join
cooperatives, they have been cheated by middle mean and they lack the
bargaining power and are not in position to lobby for better markets
adding that the farmers who operating as individuals, they have not benefitted
from government projects.
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Sam Tumugaluchile, the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at
SEATINI said that the coffee farmers in the country are facing challenges along the value chains.
He said that there a lot of injustices suffered by the
farmers especially those who want to sell their coffee on individual basis
adding that despite coffee being one of the country’s highest export earners,
there is still less value from the coffee.
He added that there is also a mismatch in information and
the linkage between the farmers and the other actors in the coffee sector which
he said can only be bridged through farmers working in groups.
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Soyita, the Chairperson of Coffee Farmers in Mbale District said the the
farmers lack the right information for better and improved production which he
said has affected the quality of production before it reaches the market.
He said that
liberalization of the coffee market has also affected them where they are being
cheated by middle men adding that farmers don't access information on
some of the opportunities and programmes that could enable them to improve the
production process and hence access better markets for their products.
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Tonny Wamagale, the Mbale District Vice Chairperson said that coming together will boost the local market.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.