• No_Ads
today's Pick
Uganda considers developing drought resistant coffee beansPublish Date: Jan 29, 2014
Uganda considers developing drought resistant coffee beans
  • mail
  • img
newvision

KAMPALA- Uganda, Africa's biggest coffee exporter, wants to develop a coffee bean that is resistant to drought to help mitigate the impact of climate change on its crop, the state-run industry regulator said on Tuesday.

The east African nation expects to export 3.50 million 60-kg bags in the 2013/14 (Oct-Sept) coffee season, a fraction below the previous year's 3.58 million bags and has cited low rainfall as one reason for the lower yield.

"We have to have (coffee) varieties that are adaptable to climate change," Henry Ngabirano, managing director of the state-run Uganda coffee development authority (UCDA), told Reuters.

"Now that we have the effects of climate change being felt, the research efforts will be able to address this  by say developing drought tolerant or resistant material or coming up with varieties that use less water."

British charity Oxfam warned in 2008 that changing weather patterns in Uganda could leave much of Uganda unsuitable for growing coffee within 30 years if temperatures rose by 2 degrees or more. Reporting by Elias Biryabarema; editing by Richard Lough and Keiron Henderson

AFP
 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Kampala RDCs defend Museveni on Besigye
Deputy Residential District Commissioners (RDCs) for Kampala have defended President Yoweri Museveni’s attack on former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president Dr. Kizza Besigye and embattled Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago....
Catching more than fish: Ugandan town crippled by AIDS
When you risk your life fishing on dangerous seas, a drink in the bars back on shore seem a welcome relief, but in Uganda, it has created a culture with staggering rates of HIV....
Education minister Jessica Alupo has inaugurated the board to manage the students’ tuition loan scheme with a stern warning to members against corruption....
Man Utd sack manager David Moyes
MANCHESTER United sacked manager David Moyes just 10 months after he succeeded Alex Ferguson at the helm of one of the world's most famous clubs...
Judiciary to fill 10 vacant posts for judges
The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) is seeking to recruit 10 new judges to fill vacant posts for Justices of the Supreme Court, the Appellate Court, and Judges of the High Court....
Dissenters voice doubt over John Paul II sainthood
A much-loved pope will be declared a saint on Sunday but not everyone in the Catholic Church agrees....
WIll the national ID registration process be completed in the scheduled 4 months timeframe?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter