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Rukiga Farmers Receive Produce Storage Facility, Coffee Huller Machine

The boost is being implemented under Agriculture Cluster Development Project (ACDP) with support from World Bank.
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The Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAIIF) has boosted Coffee and beans, farmers in Rukiga district with a storage facility and huller machine.

The 376 million shillings coffee huller machine was established at Buyanga in Kashekye Parish, Kamwezi Sub County while the 345 million shillings beans storage facility was constructed in Bukinda sub-county.  The boost is being implemented under Agriculture Cluster Development Project (ACDP) with support from World Bank.

Leonard Katwesigye, the Rukiga District Production, and Marketing Officer says that the huller machine will also serve farmers from other neighbouring districts of Kigezi. He says that the huller has the capacity of hulling one tone of coffee per hour.

Eliab Ntarwete Begumya, Rukiga District Chief Administrative Officer, says that they have started sensitizing farmers to grow beans and coffee on a large scale.

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Purikeria Muhindo Mwiine, the Rukiga Resident District Commissioner and Robert Mbabazi Kakwerere, the Rukiga District LCV Chairperson says that it is now the responsibility of leaders to convince more locals to engage in coffee-growing than smuggling it from Rwanda, which puts their lives at risk.

They also want the government to start supporting farmer groups by giving them free agricultural inputs at subsidized prices like seeds.

Wycliffe Barisigara, a Coffee farmer from Kamwezi sub-county says that the huller machine comes at a time when the farmers have been spending exorbitantly to hull their coffee.

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Coffee exports for 12 months (September 2020-August 2021) totalled 6.41 million bags worth 607 million dollars compared to 5.22 million bags worth 502.24 million dollars in the previous year, according to Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA).

This represents an increase of 23% and 21% in both quantity and value respectively.

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