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UCDA launches campaign to stump old coffee trees and distribute fertilizers to coffee farmers countrywide

Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) has launched a campaign to stump old coffee trees and rehabilitate abandoned coffee gardens across the country to help increase productivity. 

Under the campaign, UCDA will train farmers on good agricultural practices (GAPS) such as stumping overgrown coffee trees to increase their yield. The Authority will also distribute fertilizers to coffee farmers who comply. 

Uganda ranked 3rd country with best coffee globally

Uganda coffee was ranked 3rd best in the world behind Ethiopia and Kenya by professional coffee tasters in a survey of the top 16 coffee-growing countries in the world.

The coffee tasters graded 1,229 coffees from around the world that was harvested from 2010 to 2018 with the top three spots going to African countries.

The professional coffee tasters are certified by the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI), a non-profit organization that works internationally to improve the quality of coffee and the lives of the people who produce it.

Amb. Solomon Rutega elected new Secretary General of Inter-African Coffee Organization (IACO)

Uganda’s Counsul-General in Guangzhou Amb. Solomon Rutega has been elected Secretary General of the Inter-African Coffee Organization (IACO). He was elected at the 60th General Assembly of IACO held virtually from November 17 -20 in Accra, Ghana. He succeeds Fredrick Kawuma another Ugandan who has been at the helm of the continental coffee body for the last 8 years.

EU-EAC MARKUP supports Bundibugyo cocoa stakeholders to review Cocoa Standards

Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) in partnership with Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) and Uganda Cocoa Development Association yesterday held a consultative meeting with stakeholders in the cocoa value chain to review the draft East African Standards for cocoa developed under the EU-EAC Market Access Upgrade Programme (EU-EAC MARKUP). UCDA is the implementing partner for the EU-EAC MARKUP under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF).

Parliament passes National Coffee Bill 2018

Parliament passed the National Coffee Bill 2018 on Wednesday 5 August 2020 with some amendments.

The Bill seeks to repeal and replace the Uganda Coffee Development Authority Act, Cap. 325 enacted 29 years ago, which doesn't meet the current needs and long-term goals of farmers or Government. The current law only covers off-farm activities of marketing and processing, leaving on-farm activities like planting materials, nurseries, harvesting and post harvesting handling outside the scope of the law.

Coffee sector donates coffee, food, vehicles and medical equipment to fight COVID-19

1 May 2020 Kampala, Uganda -- Following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, H.E. the President instituted a National Taskforce team headed by Rt Hon Prime Minister to oversee all the  donations to be given towards government to boost its efforts of combating COVID19 in the country by donating food and other items towards people made vurnerable due by COVID-19.

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