Uganda: President Museveni to inspect progress of Ntungamo coffee park project

President Museveni will visit the site of a major coffee value addition project at Rwashamaire Town Hall, Ntungamo District, on Tuesday, May 21.

During the second G-25 African Coffee Summit held in Kampala in August 2023, leaders of African coffee-producing countries agreed to stop the export of raw coffee beans and boost value addition.

Since then, the Government of Uganda increased investments in the coffee value addition chain through the Coffee Investment Consortium Uganda (CICU).

This initiative aims to increase export income, create employment opportunities and improve producer prices.

Ugandan coffee exports reached a historic milestone, surpassing the $1 billion mark for the first time between May 2023 and April 2024, reaching $1.02 billion.

This is a significant jump from the $940.3 million earned in fiscal year 2022/2023, which in turn marked a 7% increase over the previous fiscal year.

In fiscal year 2023/2024, the Government of Uganda allocated resources through the Science, Technology and Innovation (CTI) Secretariat under the Office of the President to establish a modern coffee industrial park in Ntungamo.

Construction, which began in October 2023, is currently 60 percent complete and is scheduled to be completed in December 2024.

The park, overseen by the House of Representatives Engineering Unit and built by local and international contractors, will produce instant coffee, filter coffee, malt coffee, coffee-based energy drinks and coffee-based beauty cosmetics.

“Value addition is key to maximizing the potential of our coffee sector. By increasing the value of our coffee exports, we aim to increase revenue from the current $1 billion to $4 billion in the long term,” reads a statement from CICU.

President Museveni’s visit will not only assess the construction progress but will also provide him with the opportunity to interact with farmer groups and other stakeholders.

CICU, which brings together coffee stakeholders in Uganda, is at the forefront of promoting value-added coffee exports, enhancing the country’s reputation as a single origin of high-quality coffee.