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On 27 July 2017, Uganda’s agriculture minister, Vincent Ssempijja, submitted to Parliament a statement on the temporary closure of coffee factories in the Greater Masaka region by Uganda Coffee Development Authority.
In his statement the minister said the two-month closure was prompted by “harmful coffee harvesting practices”, among them:
- Possession of immature coffee cherry (found being dried at the factories)
- Processing of wet kiboko coffee which had not attained recommended Moisture content of 13-14%
- Drying of coffee on bare ground
- Processing and marketing coffee in unhygienic conditions
- Non-compliance to the recommended factory structural guidelines
- According to the minister, “the above practices if not stopped pose a serious danger to Uganda coffee competitiveness on global market and health of Ugandans and consumers abroad.
Read his full statement below.