Coffee planting advisory for March-May 2018 season
The Government of Uganda is committed to its strategic objective of increasing coffee production to 20 million bags per year by 2025 as set by H.E. the President. To achieve this target, government is distributing coffee seedlings to farmers who have dug holes in preparation for planting coffee seedlings in the March-May 2018 planting season. A total of 208,020,003 coffee seedlings are available for planting in the five coffee growing regions.
Over the past six months, UCDA’s extension officers have advised farmers to prepare their gardens, dig the right size holes (2 feet by 2 feet by 2 feet) at the recommended spacing of 10 feet by 10 feet for Robusta coffee and 8 feet by 8 feet for Arabica coffee. This will ensure that the coffee seedlings establish properly.
The weather forecast from the Uganda National Metrological Authority for the March-May season indicates that most coffee growing areas of the country are expected to receive near normal to above normal rainfall, commencing early March and tapering in mid-June.
The Local Government leaders and Extension staff in coffee growing districts are currently mobilizing farmers and ensuring that coffee seedlings are distributed on time to allow the seedlings receive adequate rains for crop establishment. The Sub-county Extension staff and UCDA Regional staff are supervising distribution of seedlings and providing technical advice while OWC officers confirm that seedlings are received and planted by beneficiary farmers.