A campaign to increase coffee production in Northern Uganda has kicked off with Inspire Africa and the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF) partnering to grow one million coffee trees starting with Gulu district.
The campaign aims at increasing coffee production from the current 4.5 million bags to 20 million bags by the year 2025.
Northern Uganda is one of the regions with the best soils suitable for coffee growing but unfortunately there has been minimal sensitisation on the best farming practices for higher coffee yields.
But as a measure to attain the set target of 20 million bags of coffee by 2025, government is rolling out a countrywide campaign to ensure coffee production in every region starting with Northern Uganda.
“Northern Uganda is one of the regions where coffee production remains low, despite having fertile soils following decades of the war. The region is best known for cotton growing and other food crops,” said Vincent Ssempijja, the
Minister for Agriculture.
Ssempijja noted the for need training of youth to equip them with skills in coffee growing to increase production.
The Inspire Africa coffee dream is to have every farmer produce at least 6 kilograms of coffee from each tree, as one way of increasing coffee exports.
The Minister for Northern Uganda,Grace Kwiyucwiny urged farmers to use the little they have to see that the project is a success.