Uganda seeks to earn more from coffee happiness
Added 20th August 2017 01:38 PM
Drinking coffee brings one a lot of happiness and Uganda is seeking to earn more from coffee, according to Emmanuel Lyamulemye, the executive director of Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA).
Coffee is the number one globally-traded commodity in the agriculture sector.
“Coffee leads to longevity,” he told MPs during a presentation to the parliamentary committee on agriculture on the activities of UCDA.
“Coffee helps improve alertness, for instance, for night workers and students. among others. Coffee contains hundreds of compounds that may help with research into some diseases. Caffeine can end headache if consumed in the early stage.”
Lyamulenye told the legislators that UCDA has got a plot of land in China where they are to construct a building dedication to selling coffee and expanding the market among the big Chinese population.
He expressed hope that with the interventions that have been made in the coffee sector over the last few years, coffee production is projected to increase from 5.4 million bags per year from the last financial year 2016/17 to 6.5 million bags this financial year 2017/18.
Coffee is the number one export earner for Uganda, fetching $450m (sh1.6 trillion) per year.