Onesmus Matsiko, the chairperson of the tea farmers’ association noted that a 30 percent subsidy on fertilizers like in other countries would cost the government 8 Billion Shillings per year to boost the tea sub-sector.
asked the government to expeditiously enact policies to regulate the tea industry.
umbrella body, the Uganda Tea Out Growers Association – UTOA, the farmers said
that there is an urgent need for rules to govern tea growing. The
farmers who form 70 percent of the tea growers in the country also asked the
government to enable tea farmers to access fertilizers at subsidized prices.
There is no policy regulating the tea, which has given rise
to a number of bad practices like selling poor quality tea, under paying
of smallholder farmers and poor working conditions in factories among
Matsiko, the chairperson of the tea farmers’ association noted that a 30
percent subsidy on fertilizers like in other countries would cost the
government 8 Billion Shillings per year to boost the tea sub-sector.
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Matsiko the vision for the out-growers is to boost income from their gardens by
way of collective efforts to advocate for better prices and increased
production of quality tea. He says that the practice of tea factories
representing tea farmers’ interests is wrong because many are left out despite
their contribution to the sector.
speaking on Thursday at the general assembly of tea farmers under UTOA from 26 tea growing
districts from across the country held in Mubende.
Kasigati, the National Agriculture Advisory Services – Naads Business
Development Officer revealed that the government has supported the tea sector
by providing tea seedlings from 2008 to date where 563 million seedlings worth
225 Billion Shillings have been given out to farmers.
says that tea production has increased from 58,000 metric tones to 121,000
metric tons which has contributed to the household income of farmers. She
said that farmers forming the association, would improve the conduct
of their business as far as promoting and developing the tea value chain is
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said that currently, the government through the Agriculture Ministry is finalizing
the tea policy that comes in handy to promote the value chain. She also
revealed that the ministry has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UAE-based Agro-Elite Company to support value addition by way of setting up more
factories in the country.