Uganda introduced disease resistant coffee variety to farmers
March 29 - 2022
Coffee Geography Magazine
The Uganda Coffee Development Authority-UCDA has launched the introduction of a new Coffee Wilt Disease Resistant (CWDR) variety in Kitgum and Lamwo districts to farmers. Coffee farming in Kitgum district has a recent history which was introduced in 2015 and 24 per cent of them are still engaged with the disease vulnerable type.
Northern Uganda contributes the lowest per cent of coffee production, with only 6 per cent compared to the Central region which contributes 38 per cent, the highest in the country. The Regional Coffee Extension Officer with Uganda Coffee Development Authority, Beatrice Alela, says that her organization is now committed to distribute the new variety as it is well proven that it’s coffee wilt disease-resistant, high-yielding, and could give the farmers more returns. Alela says they are targeting all the 44 communities in Kitgum and 45 in Lamwo to have at least one model farmer to plant the coffee variety. She revealed that they have already identified, trained, and selected Community Coffee Development Advisors in all the parishes registering to be the first to plant the coffee variety and be model farmers.
The Model farmers are already selected to ensure that the farmers are well aware of the introduction and multiplication methods for the new coffee variety. The new variety was mainly being planted in Central Uganda, and there are only two nurseries for the variety in Acholi and Lango sub-regions. UCDA encourages nursery bed operators to apply for getting coffee variety. The farmers should launch the planting project in April to avoid the dry season between May and June.