UCDA donates tools to Namisindwa model farmers

NAMISINDWA  – Uganda Coffee Development Authority [UCDA] has donated tools to the model farmers  growing coffee in Namisindwa district in Eastern Uganda.

The farm tools given to the model farmers include; pangs, slashes,  sows for stamping coffee and basal blades for pruning coffee.

Victoria Chemutai, the head of UCDA for Manafwa and Namisindwa districts while presiding over the handover ceremony days ago said the tools cost Shs 5 million.

David Mityelo, the Namisindwa district production officer said other coffee farmers will have the opportunity to borrow the tools from the model farmers in their respective sub-counties.

He added that they want farmers to improve coffee production such that they improve household incomes.

Julie Namara, the Namisindwa deputy resident district commissioner urged the coffee farmers not to misuse the tools but rather use the farm implements to improve coffee production.

Meanwhile,t he Deputy Director General, International Partnerships at the European Commission, Myriam Ferran, recently pledged continued support to Uganda in the coffee and cocoa sub-sectors.

Ferran made the remarks during a visit to UCDA laboratory together with Ambassador Jan Sadek, Head of the European Union Delegation to Uganda, Caroline Adriaensen, Head of Cooperation and Sofian Dahmani from the EC International Partnerships Directorate. The visit was important in kick-starting strengthened cooperation between the European Union and UCDA in implementing the comprehensive value chains approach as part of the coffee and cocoa priority value chains for the Global Gateway in Uganda.

The European Union has been supporting the Ugandan coffee and cocoa value chains through two major projects implemented by UCDA over the past five years. For instance, the EU-EAC Market Access Programme [MARKUP] worth EUR 3.6 million and the Coffee and Cocoa Value Chain Development [CoCoDev] Project in Uganda worth EUR 8mln [Shs 32.8 billion] have supported the value chain development from smallholder farmers to certification, among other areas.

Uganda is the leading exporter of coffee in Africa and the 7th largest producer in the world. With 65 percentof the coffee exported to the European Union.

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