Bulambuli: Coffee farmers urged   to ensure high quality

BULAMBULI: Coffee farmers in Bulambuli district and the rest of Bugisu Sub-region have been urged to ensure the production of high quality coffee if they are to access better markets.

This call was made days ago by Ben Mukhone, the chief executive officer of Balambuli Kwigate Coffee, [BKC] while in a meeting with farmers at Buginyanya church of Uganda in Bulambuli district.

During the meeting, deserving coffee farmers affiliated to BKC received cash bonuses, and other gifts like television and radio sets as an appreciation for selling their coffee to BKC last season.

According to Mukhone, the gifts are meant to motivate farmers to produce high quality coffee for the market, which in the end makes farmers earn better prices.

Mukhone adds that as BKC, they have secured other projects for the community like safe water that he says the community is benefiting from.

He encouraged the community members to supply their coffee to BKC, saying they offer good prices to the rural farmers.

James Songo, the LC3 chairman of Buginyanya Sub-county said the production of high quality coffee will lead to the development of the communities.

Women in Bulambuli district sorting coffee berries (Internet photo).

He commended BKC for securing jobs for the youths in the Buginyanya Sub-county, saying it will also boost development in the communities through wealth creation.

Farmers who spoke to our reporter with much joy appreciated Bulambuli Kwigate Coffee for appreciating them.

However, they said they need financial support to buy inputs like pesticides, fertilisers and hence called upon BKC to support them so that they produce quality coffee for the market.

“We need them [BKC] to help us access inputs like fertilisers at a cheap price. They can also buy for us since we are giving them good coffee,” said a youthful farmer.

Like other districts in Bugisu Sub-region established on the slopes of Mt Elgon in eastern Uganda on the border with Kenya, Bulambuli district grows Arabica coffee which is supported by volcanic soils.

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