By 2025 Uganda should be in position to produce 20 million bags of coffee, a target that was set by government. currently, Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) is fighting tooth and nail to put a conducive a environment that will enable Uganda attain the set goal.
As of today, the country produces over 4.6 million bags of the second most traded item on the world market, earning Uganda 30 percent of its total export earnings.
Currently Uganda is Africa’s largest producer of robust coffee at 80 percent and 20 percent of Arabic coffee.
Among the initiatives to increase productivity, UCDA together with African Fine Coffees Association have put everything ready to host the 16th African Fine Coffee Conference and Exhibition (AFCCC&E) under the Theme Sustainable Coffee Industry for Social Economic Transformation.
“The conference is expected to attract over 2,000 coffee roasters, traders, producers and professionals from around the world,” UCDA MD Dr. Emmanuel Iyamulemye said.
Over 1,500 International industry traders, producers, buyers and professionals will converge in Kampala for three (3) days of intense discussions on policy and trade development across the African Coffee Value Chain.
The Delegates shall participate in a 3-day pre-conference Coffee Field visit to Coffee farms.
“We are working with UCDA and UTB to select the farms that will showcase Uganda Coffee Industry. Some of the delegates have already started jetting into the country,” chairman African Fine Coffees Association, Ishaka Lukenga said.
Over 100 exhibitors will showcase their Coffee products, Machinery, Packaging amongst others. USA are normally the biggest single country buyers but the combined European grouping will be able to create a bigger impact.
Orient bank for long has been supporting coffee farmers and in the same spirit, the bank has given the organisers Shs30million to support the smooth running of the event.
This is the 3rd time Uganda is hosting the African fine coffee conference but last year the event was host by Ethiopia.