Monday, 19 June 2017 05:14

ARICULTURE MINISTER NOT TO TOLERATE FARMERS WHO FRUSTRATE HIS EFFORTS TOWARDS ACHIEVING 20MILLION BAGS OF COFFEE BY 202O.

The minister of agriculture, animal industry and fisheries, Vincent Bamulangaki  Ssempijja  said he will not tolerate farmers who frustrate his efforts to achieve the 20million bags of coffee by 2020.

The minister of agriculture, animal industry and fisheries, Vincent Bamulangaki  Ssempijja said he will not tolerate farmers who frustrate his efforts to achieve the twenty million bags of coffee by 2020.

Ssempijja was meeting coffee farmers whose factories were closed recently in an operation by Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) in Lwengo District for harvesting immature coffee beans.

A tough talking Ssempijja emphasized the need for all coffee stakeholders in the country to produce high quality coffee so as to remain competitive on the world market that has competitors like Vietnam, Brazil, and India among others.

He added that no one is forced to join the coffee sector and therefore, the need to maintain quality and the image of the country at large. He requested police and leaders to use maximum force on those who are against the operations.

Ssempijja said he is in final stages of tabling the coffee law in parliament to streamline the production and marketing of coffee, provide standards for pre-and post harvest handling, adding that the law will also establish punitive measures for the offenders such as those who moist berries or dry coffee beans on bare ground.

The LC V chairman for Lwengo District, Godfrey Mutabazi supported the cause, and reported to the minister that a team composed of police, UCDA, RDCs and political leaders has been formed to move village per village to arrest whoever will be found with unripe coffee beans in the eight districts of greater masaka. 

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