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MPs To Go Slow On Coffee Bill

While meeting a team from Kyagalanyi coffee limited on Tuesday, the committee chairperson Janet Grace Okori-moe on Tuesday says that following the excitement and the mixed reactions of the bill, they will meet all interested parties in the coffee sector. She says they plan to meet experts, ordinary coffee growers and also visit areas where coffee is grown.
Coffee exports went up in March. .

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The Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture says it will not rush the Coffee Bill 2018.   The bill proposes the registration of farmers, capturing details of the size of land, the number of coffee trees and particulars of the farmers, coffee buyers and sellers among others.  

It also proposes that land, where the coffee is to be grown shall be evaluated by the Uganda Coffee Development Authority- UCDA to determine whether or not it is suitable for coffee growing. The bill also proposes a 2-year jail term for a farmer who fails to take good care of their coffee plantation.   

While meeting a team from Kyagalanyi coffee limited on Tuesday, the committee chairperson Janet Grace Okori-moe on Tuesday says that following the excitement and the mixed reactions of the bill, they will meet all interested parties in the coffee sector.

She says they plan to meet experts, ordinary coffee growers and also visit areas where coffee is grown. 

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 Okori-moe’s remarks followed Kyagalanyi’s call for sensitization to curb resistance from the people on the bill.

Moses Kiningwire, the trade and purchasing manager of Kyagalanyi coffee, said that the government should focus on working with the farmers so that they understand the reasons and benefits for registration.

Kiningwire says that registration of coffee farmers which is overdue will cut out cartels, but the fines should be scrapped off.

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 According to UCDA, Coffee exports in March 2018 amounted to 333,346 60-kilo bags worth US $ 35.74 million. This comprised of 224,036 bags worth 21 million of Robusta and 109,310 bags worth 13.88 million of Arabica.     

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