Coffee exporting companies have topped the 2018 Presidents’ Export Award. Ugacof, a coffee processing and exporting company, was the overall winner followed by Kyagalanyi Coffee. Ugacof, which has been in existence for the last 25 years, earned Uganda export receipts in the excess of Shs333b in year under review. It competed with other 40 companies under 12 product lines in an exercise that was vetted by Uganda Export Promotion Board in collaboration with Trade Ministry, Uganda National Bureau of Standards, Private Sector Foundation Uganda, Uganda Investment Authority and Uganda Manufacturers Association. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
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The national government will help counties in coffee growing zones to conduct a physical county of coffeebushes, and carry out soil analysis in the regions, as drive to improve the crop takes shape. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Njeru Ndwiga said the two governments have already rolled out the exercise in Kirinyaga and Nyeri counties, while the same will be launched in Embu this weekend.
Speaking in Embu town, Mr Ndwiga said the sampling of soils by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives together with respective counties will determine the right fertilizer, as the government prepares to disburse Sh1.5billion subsidy. Read more. Source | Business Daily
José Dauster Sette, the executive director of the International Coffee Organisation (ICO) has hailed Uganda’s efforts to improve coffee production on the international market. Prosper Magazine’s Dorothy Nakaweesi, spoke to him on a number of coffee-related issues. Below are the excerpts.
Uganda is primarily a producer of Robusta coffee, which is a low-grade coffee used for the production of instant and soluble coffee.
However, in the past few years, the country has been recognized as a producer of fine grade Arabica coffee. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
Kenya is pushing to increase its market share for coffee in the United States (US) as a means of improving the global visibility of the local commodity.
“Kenya has embarked on an aggressive marketing of her coffee globally. In view of this, the country is set to be the ‘portrait country (main feature)’ during the 2017 Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Exhibition in Seattle, Washington, US,” said Grenville Melli, interim head of the directorate during a briefing in Nairobi.
The SCAA event provides the largest coffee marketing avenue in the world, where producers meet buyers and consumers. Read more. Source | Business Daily