Middlemen thriving on farmers’ ignorance of coffee prices

“…Growing up in a coffee farming family was an inspiration for me to venture into the business.” Ssegawa John Bosco a youthful farmer from Mpenja -Gomba District narrates.

Ssegawa revealed this to the JKCC team that had paid him a courtesy call at his. He narrated that he grew up on a coffee farm where he witnessed how much his parents had to toil to make money from coffee to pay school fees for him and siblings.

He now grows Robusta Coffee on 40 acres where he harvests over 200,000Kgs a season. Ssegawa has also been certified by UCDA to offer free Consultation / Guidance to fellow farmers.

Julius Kalulu, CEO JKCC who led the delegation expressed concern that such good farmers fail to access the coffee market and instead fall prey While meeting with the farmers and assessing their needs, I asked them about coffee of exploitative middlemen.

He also noted that he had earlier met with some farmers he asked about the coffee prices – and none of them could tell the price of coffee. “Such a farmer will not take care of the quality and productivity of their operations. Coffee production is declining. Farmer are not making investments in value addition and are not even consuming their own coffee.” Said Kalulu.

Kalulu added that farmers are selling coffee on trees, rather than after harvest a factor he said is affecting the quality of coffee.

Esther Maraka, Business partner JKCC appreciated the fact that Ssegawa ignored the negative thinkers and concentrated on Coffee farming. and industry.

Known nationally as the main cash crop and foreign exchange earner in Uganda, coffee farming has provided for many families.

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