farmers in Bundibugyo District are concerned about a significant decline in production.
according to farmers is due to the impact of climate change, theft, and the use
of bad agrochemicals.
is the leading producer the produce in Uganda. Cocoa is harvested twice a month
throughout the year — with the high seasons being September to February and
March to August. This offers the farmers a steady stream of income from January
Ugandan cocoa dealers have set up collection points within the DRC from where
they buy cocoa and import it into Uganda for re-export.
Agobe the Assistant Manager at Esco Uganda Limited- a company that procures and
exports cocoa and Vanilla says the district has registered low production for
the last three years and the company's purchase capacity has reduced to
more than 20%.
He attributes the fall to pests and diseases, theft, and the old age of the
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Agobe says there is a need to rejuvenate the cocoa trees scientifically but
also help farmers attain better agronomic skills.
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Robert Walugembe a Cocoa buyer says because of the low production some big
buyers are afraid to come into the district because it will not be
cost-effective and thus prefer to give their money to small retailers to buy on
He also says that in the two years of the lockdown, many farmers lacked
resources to maintain their gardens while others completely gave up. He
adds that his purchasing has reduced to near 30% compared to the last four or
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Sadress Kabugho a cocoa farmer says her fortunes have over the last one year
gone down after cocoa pod borer infested his garden. She also attributes
the low production to thugs who invade their gardens as they get towards the
harvesting schedule. Last season she lost all her produce to
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Geoffrey Masereka Fulgennsio Bamwitirebye another leading farmer in the
District who has been in the cocoa business since the 1970s said his farm has
been facing the problem of pests for about six years now, which has led to a
steady decline in yields.
production has gone down to more than 100 bags in the last four seasons.
Chairperson Robert Tibakunirwa says the decline in production has significantly
affected household incomes in the district where households majorly depend on
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According to data from Uganda Export Promotion Board, Uganda exports more than
30,000 tons of cocoa beans per year.