Uganda: Govt Guarantees Methods to Revitalize Tea Rising Business

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Kampala, Uganda — Authorities has developed a Cupboard Paper that can set up a coverage to resuscitate the tea rising enterprise in Uganda, the Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja, has mentioned.

“We have now held 4 conferences thus far to prepare this cupboard paper in order that authorities can provide you with a rescue plan for our farmers,” she mentioned throughout a plenary sitting held on Thursday, 16 November 2023.

Nabbanja mentioned the worth of Ugandan tea is low in comparison with different East African nations, as a result of farmers don’t apply fertilizers, one thing she mentioned lowers the standard of tea.

Whereas presenting farmers’ issues on low costs of tea, Ephraim Biraaro (NRM, Buhweju West County) famous that by 2023, Uganda was receiving US$0.71 per kilogram on the public sale market in Mombasa, in comparison with Rwanda’s US$3.15 and Kenya’s US$2.22 per kilogram.

“The state of affairs in Uganda is because of lack of a tea coverage and regulation of the business. Authorities ought to rapid take note of the plight of tea farmers with regard to the worth cuts on the backyard,” Biraaro mentioned.

He added that garden-to-factory costs had dropped from Shs700 per kilogram to Shs200 per kilogram.

Bushenyi District Girl MP, Annet Katusiime, mentioned farmers are unable to afford the excessive costs of fertilizers and pesticides.

“There are additionally faux fertilizers available on the market that are compromising the standard of our tea. Authorities ought to intervene on this,” she mentioned.

Katusiime additionally referred to as on authorities to quickly decrease electrical energy tariffs to allow tea processing factories successfully meet manufacturing bills.