Government of Uganda through the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) has Friday signed an agreement with the China’s State-owned company, Yunnan Coffee Exchange (YCE) which will enhance exportation of Uganda’s coffee to China.
The agreement was signed been by the Quality and Regulatory Director, Edmund Kananura Kyerere on behalf of Uganda Coffee Development Authority and the General Manager YCE, Yang Shu.
Kananura told the media during the event that the YCE delegation has been in the country for a number of days with the aim of studying and understanding Uganda’s Coffee industry.
“The delegation has visited the coffee sector at different levels of production and the value chain. They visited different coffee plantations in Mbale up to Kapchorwa and Ankole coffee producers,” Kananura said.
He said that the aim of their visit is to work on a collaborative agreement with the government of Uganda so as to explore the vast coffee market in China which has been reached today.
The Director noted that the collaborative relationship will enhance exchange of technical capacity as well as harmonizing the coffee standards of the two countries.
“The methods and standards used are more less the same; this will guide the exportation of coffee to China. The Uganda Coffee Authority exports a total of 4.7m bags of coffee every year and the target is to export 20 million bags with a target of 50 percent export to China,” Kananura said.
Speaking at the event, YCE General Manager, Yang Shu said that Uganda has got a long history in terms of coffee production.
“During our field visit we found a solid coffee infrastructure, good farmers, co-operatives and good regulations which will enable increased exports to China,” Yang Shu said.
Yang Shu said that the Chinese market is so far the fattest coffee Market in the world which provides huge space for Ugandan coffee and the collaboration will enhance support to farmers so that they can increase their export to China.
“We hope to share experience and quality system structures that will help develop Uganda’s coffee industry,” Yang Shu said.