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Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:40

For decades, management of coffee research in Uganda has undergone various shifts. The research was governed by the then Kawanda Agricultural  Research Institute (KARI) (now the National Laboratories Research Institute-NARL) until 1996 when the sub-station at Kituza was upgraded into the Coffee  Research Institute (CORI) with the mandate of conducting research on coffee, cocoa, oil palm and tea.


Following the enactment of the National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) Act 2005, CORI was amalgamated with the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) as a Programme handling research on the four crops named above. However, coffee stakeholders were discontented with the development, that it would not effectively deliver the desired research outputs required to meet the demands of the coffee industry. The stakeholders therefore requested the government to undertake reforms not only in coffee research but the entire coffee industry for better productivity of the commodity. The fruits of these campaigns and the responsiveness of the government of Uganda are among others, the launch of the national coffee policy (NCP) in 2013 and subsequently the launch of NaCORI in 2014. NaCORI mandate has now been revised to include only coffee and cocoa.

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