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.
Cocoa farmers and
experts in Kasese District are demanding the establishment of an independent authority
to oversee crop production. They reason that the absence of such a body has
affected their production and quality of Cocoa, which has affected the
visibility of Uganda’s Cocoa on the international market.
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.
take advantage of farmer’s lack of knowledge to determine the quality and
quantity of Cocoa. Lubega says that the authority would develop policies and
guidelines to streamline cocoa production right from the farm level to the
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Lubega also says the authority would also eliminate the exploitation of farmers by intermediaries
who often dictate the prices.
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Julius Rukara, the Kasese District Agriculture Officer agrees that the country
requires such a body that would govern and supervise cocoa production and
Rukara says a national body could also help farmers add value to their produce,
something they have failed to do as a district due to the absence of skills and
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Rose Mary Mbabazi, a cocoa farmer in Kajwenge parish in Kisinga Sub County,
says that many farmers like her have limited knowledge regarding cocoa post-harvest
handling, which affects their returns. She wants a body that would help
them improve the quality of their produce through organized groups.
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Robert Kule, another
cocoa farmer from Kisinga Sub County says that most of them lack awareness
about new agriculture technology due to the absence of an authority to
introduce them to such innovations. He reasons that once there is such an
authority, the farmers can organize them into groups to determine their market
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In Kasese, a kilogram of fresh cocoa costs between Shillings 2500 and
Shillings 3000 while the dry beans go for as high as Shillings 8000. According
to information from NAADS, Cocoa is Uganda’s fourth-biggest commodity export
after coffee, tea and fish.