Uganda Coffee Development Authority-UCDA has started the
process of recruiting Parish Coffee Development Advisors to help farmers boost
their production. Each coffee growing parish in the country will have a resident advisor and will also be a coffee farmer.
Rwenzori region alone will have more than 500 coffee
advisors. Emmanuel Tumwizere, the Rwenzori region UCDA
coordinator, says that the advisors will reduce the workload of extension workers
who he noted are very few compared to the number of farmers that need services. He says currently one extension worker serves over 30,000 coffee farmers.
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Tumwizere also told URN that the advisors will be
essential in supporting the government in implementing the recently launched parish development model. He says that successful candidates will be trained by UCDA to
beef up their agronomy knowledge before they are flagged off to work.
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Glady Biira, a coffee farmer from Bwesumbu Sub County in
Kasese applauds the initiative arguing that coffee productivity has been low because farmers have been unable to get timely knowledge due to the absence of extension workers. However, she demands that the government through UCDA prioritises giving farmers coffee plantlets on time.