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On September 30, several players in the coffee sub-sector gathered at the Kyambogo University Sports Ground to participate in games and sports, ahead of the International Coffee Day. The activities that include; football, athletes and sack race, among others, are held every year.

NaCORI was represented in the football match, sack race and 100-metre race. Ms Bena Namulondo, a NaCORI staff, scooped two gold medals in the 100-metre women race and sack race. The overall winner of the football tournament was UGACOF. Other participating teams were; UCDA, NuCAFE and Uganda Coffee Federation, among others.

On October 5, celebrations to mark the International Coffee Day were held at the Makerere University Agriculture Centre at Kabanyolo. The theme of the day was: Promoting Youth Development in the coffee industry through cooperatives, value addition and innovations. The event attracted over 500 guests; coffee exporters, dealers, farmers, youth, government officials, logistics, and financial institutions.

The National Coffee Research Institute (NaCORI) as one of the key stakeholders in the coffee sub-sector with a mandate of conducting basic and applied research of a strategic nature and national importance in all fields pertaining to coffee and cocoa, used the event to disseminate technologies developed, methods and knowledge to enhance the production of both Arabica and Robusta coffee, among key stakeholders in the sub-sector.

Guest speakers’ remarks:

Dr. Emmanuel Lyamulemye, UCDA MD:

He noted that: The youth should be encouraged to form farmer groups and practice good agricultural practices, so as to contribute to increased coffee production in the country. He urged all stakeholders to treat coffee as food and a source of income. If farmers are organized in groups, they can get better bargains and markets. He thanked development partners for their support and called for more partnerships.

Hon. Gerald Sendawula, Chairperson CURAD:

He asked the guest of honor to ‘push’ for the passing of a coffee law. He noted that farmers will be charged with implementing the law. A lot has been done in terms of innovations in the coffee production chain, especially availability of seedlings, but more effort is needed, especially in producing quality coffee.

Mr. Pius Wakabi, MAAIF Permanent Secretary, who was also the guest of honour:

He noted that the coffee law is in the final review stages, and would be passed before the close of the year. It is awaiting a certificate of financial implications. He also cited challenges to coffee production as climate change, pest and diseases, among others, and called for more research innovations in this regard.


Ms Berna Namulondo (left) getting set for the 100-metre race at Kyambogo Sports Ground

The NaCORI football 2017