By Our Reporter
11th July 2019
The National Coffee Research Institute (NaCORI) has rejected the proposed registration and licensing of coffee farmers, saying it will disadvantage farmers and cripple the industry.
The proposals are contained in the National Coffee bill 2018, which is before parliament.
The bill proposes the registration of farmers capturing details of the size of land, number of coffee trees and particulars of the farmers, coffee buyers and sellers among others.
Appearing before the Agriculture Committee chaired by Janet Okori-moe Akech this morning, the Director of Research in the National Coffee Research Institute, Dr. Geoffrey Arinaitwe, said registering farmers is complicated.
He explained that registration of farmers can’t work especially for small holder ones.
NaCORI however proposes the zoning of the coffee industry so that the uniqueness of the coffee from different areas is preserved.