Uganda coffee farmers seek laws to improve quality

Uganda’s National Union of Coffee Agribusiness and Farm Enterprises (Nucafe) has called on the nation’s government to create a set of laws to protect the quality of the nation’s coffee output. The proposed laws call for farmers of coffee, which is Uganda’s most valuable export, to adhere to certain crop management methods and stipulate punishment for those who mismanage their output and contribute to an overall decline in quality. The volume of Uganda’s coffee export has been in decline for the past three years, according to the Uganda Coffee Development Authority. The Authority has plans to plant 900 million new coffee trees by mid-2019 in order to boost output from its current level of 3.3 million 60-kilogram bags to a whopping 20 million bags.

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