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Mitooma Farmers Stuck with Tones of Poorly Processed Coffee

Over 50,000 tons of the coffee was destroyed by Uganda Coffee Development Authority UCDA in the month of May alone for containing diesel traces and a foul smell, Deo Tukwasibwe the LC III Chairperson of Buyanga says.
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Hundreds of farmers in Mitooma district are stuck with tons of processed coffee following its rejection on the world market.

About 15,000 coffee farmers from the western rift valley Sub County of Buyanga have been wet-processing coffee using diesel powered machines due to lack of hydroelectric power.

The process involves the removal of pulp, washing to obtain clean wet parchment, drying of the parchment coffee and removal of the parchment through hulling.  The coffee beans are then graded to obtain the desired grades of the clean coffee.

However, over 50,000 tons of the coffee was destroyed by Uganda Coffee Development Authority – UCDA in the month of May alone for containing diesel traces and a foul smell, Deo Tukwasibwe the LC III Chairperson of Buyanga says.

He adds that another unspecified tonnage of dried coffee was rejected by exporters on grounds that it was poorly processed.

Edson Tumwesigye, an owner of a diesel processor in Kisiizi town calls for government intervention to protect farmers against losses.

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Mitooma district Chairperson Benon Karyaija says that although coffee production had improved tremendously over the last five years, the latest development spells doom for the sector.

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