President Kaguta Museveni says NO to coffee farmers registration and licensing.
The National Coffee Bill, 2018 seeks to repeal and replace the Uganda Coffee Development Authority Act, Cap.325 that was passed in 1994.
Repealing provides for the registration of coffee farmers, coffee nursery operators, coffee farmer organizations and cooperatives and coffee value chain actors and also issuance of licenses.
More So, Scientists and researchers from the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) and the National Coffee Research Institute, have rejected some clauses of the Bill, 2018 saying they are unfriendly to small scale farmers and only benefit large scale, coffee farmers.
In April 2019, the government tabled before parliament the National Coffee Bill, 2018 for first reading, before it was referred to the House’s committee on agriculture for scrutiny.
President Museveni has instead emphasized on sensitizing all coffee business stake holders to join cooperatives , and other plausible ways of ensuring benefits from this economic activity.
He revealed this while briefing the media over wealth creation, at state house Nakasero on July 19,2019 evening.