Uganda currently exports 401,930 bags to the international market annually
Col Shaban Bantariza, the deputy government spokesperson. Photo/File
Cabinet has approved a new coffee law, which is expected to streamline mushrooming institutions and players in the sub-sector that contributes sh158b to the economy every month.
According to Col Shaban Bantariza, the deputy government spokesperson, the proposed new law will also repeal the existing legal framework that establishes the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA).
“The National Coffee Bill intends to facilitate the development of a competitive, equitable and sustainable Coffee Industry by promoting Coffee research, good Coffee farming practices, domestic consumption of Coffee and adding value to Coffee,” Bantariza said on Tuesday morning.
Bantariza, who was speaking at the Uganda Media Centre, said during a Cabinet meeting on Monday, ministers also proposed the introduction of a coffee auction system, to ease trade in the sub-sector.
“The Bill will also provide for an authority to regulate all on-farm and off-farm activities in the coffee value chain,” he added.
The Government target on coffee production is to export 20 million bags by 2020.
Official figures from UDCA indicate that Uganda currently exports 401,930 bags to the international market annually.