Government of Uganda is projecting an increase in Ugandan coffee exports from the current 4.5 million bags to 20 million bags annually over the next two years. The targets were set in line with the objectives of the Agriculture Cluster Development Project.
The World Bank funded Project intends to raise on-farm productivity, production, and marketable volumes of maize, beans, rice, cassava, and coffee. It will focus on the rehabilitation and expansion of irrigation schemes for rice, investments in on-farm and community level storage as well as in other post-harvest handling and processing equipment and infrastructure.
The project will see the Ministry of Agriculture engage in farmer registration across the country, invest in water management, improve market linkages and provide pesticides, fertilizers, and coffee pruning equipment, among other inputs.
It is estimated that by reaching 450,000 farm households through the interventions, input sales will experience an incremental increase of over USD 12 million in each cluster over the six years of the project, according to the Agriculture Cluster Development Project Manager Henry Nakelet Opolot.
The project will be piloted in the districts of Amuru, Iganga, Kalungu, Nebbi, and Ntugamo. The districts were selected because they have particularly high potential for increased productivity in the five chosen commodities.
Nakelet, however, indicated that the farmer registration exercise will also be conducted in 42 other districts before spreading out to the entire country.
Ethel Kauba, the Under Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture said the Ministry of Agriculture is currently engaged in activities that would help improve productivity and later market the quality products on the world market.