Emmanuel Lubega, the Uganda-South Sudan national coordinator at the East African Business Council-EABC, says such a body like a case is for cotton and coffee would ensure farmer’s produce in line with the set standards.
Ibrahim Kawekawe, a farmer from Burirehe village agrees that his cocoa wasn’t ready for sell but was tempted by buyers who come to them before the start of the harvesting season. He says several farmers give in because of financial challenges.
Cocoa farmers lack machines to clean, dry and store their harvest, which compromises the quality of the produce, the report shows. It further notes that majority of the farmers dry cocoa on bare grounds and dirty surface exposing it to dust and stones.