The Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) is transitioning its Coffee Testing Laboratory in Lugogo to the new ISO/IEC 17025: 2017 standard issued by the International Standardization Organization (ISO) under the European Union funded Market Access Upgrade (MARKUP) project for the coffee and cocoa value chain development in Uganda.
Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) has launched a campaign to stump old coffee trees and rehabilitate abandoned coffee gardens across the country to help increase productivity.
Under the campaign, UCDA will train farmers on good agricultural practices (GAPS) such as stumping overgrown coffee trees to increase their yield. The Authority will also distribute fertilizers to coffee farmers who comply.
Uganda registered an in-crease in monthly coffee exports in the months of July, August and September surpassing the 500,000 bags mark. The increase is the highest since 1991.
In July, Uganda saw the highest increase in coffee exports since the liberalisation of Uganda’s coffee industry in 1991.
Uganda coffee was ranked 3rd best in the world behind Ethiopia and Kenya by professional coffee tasters in a survey of the top 16 coffee-growing countries in the world.
The coffee tasters graded 1,229 coffees from around the world that was harvested from 2010 to 2018 with the top three spots going to African countries.
The professional coffee tasters are certified by the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI), a non-profit organization that works internationally to improve the quality of coffee and the lives of the people who produce it.
Uganda’s Counsul-General in Guangzhou Amb. Solomon Rutega has been elected Secretary General of the Inter-African Coffee Organization (IACO). He was elected at the 60th General Assembly of IACO held virtually from November 17 -20 in Accra, Ghana. He succeeds Fredrick Kawuma another Ugandan who has been at the helm of the continental coffee body for the last 8 years.
Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) in partnership with Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) and Uganda Cocoa Development Association yesterday held a consultative meeting with stakeholders in the cocoa value chain to review the draft East African Standards for cocoa developed under the EU-EAC Market Access Upgrade Programme (EU-EAC MARKUP). UCDA is the implementing partner for the EU-EAC MARKUP under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF).
Dr. Emmanuel Iyamulemye, Managing Director, Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) is representing Uganda at the 127th Session of the International Coffee Council as the main speaker. Uganda is a member of the Finance and Administration Committee and the Statistics Committee of the ICO.
Parliament passed the National Coffee Bill 2018 on Wednesday 5 August 2020 with some amendments.
The Bill seeks to repeal and replace the Uganda Coffee Development Authority Act, Cap. 325 enacted 29 years ago, which doesn't meet the current needs and long-term goals of farmers or Government. The current law only covers off-farm activities of marketing and processing, leaving on-farm activities like planting materials, nurseries, harvesting and post harvesting handling outside the scope of the law.
1 May 2020 Kampala, Uganda -- Following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, H.E. the President instituted a National Taskforce team headed by Rt Hon Prime Minister to oversee all the donations to be given towards government to boost its efforts of combating COVID19 in the country by donating food and other items towards people made vurnerable due by COVID-19.
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