Katikamu Farmers’ Association puts up a coffee factory for value addition through collective effort

//Katikamu Farmers’ Association puts up a coffee factory for value addition through collective effort
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Katikamu CAPCA farmers’ association is found in Katikamu sub-county, Luweero district.  The association comprises 10 groups and 322 peasant farmers, of which 189 are women.

The members of the association were able to mobilise finances among themselves, through sale of shares and bought an acre of land at Ugx 5.0 million on which they have established a premises for a coffee factory. The coffee factory is located in Kyalugondo village in Katikamu sub-county.

Through CAPCA the small scale coffee huller for the association was procured with support from Caritas Danmark in 2011. The Association Executive, with approval from the members and a backing given by Kasana Luweero Diocese, secured a Ugx 20 million loan from Twekembe Micro credit Institution, to enable them complete the installation of electricity to  their coffee factory  . This also requires UMEME supply a metre to the coffee factory. Coffee processing is expected to commence anytime, immediately after completion electricity installation.

The farmers anticipate to increase on  their household income since they will be selling Fair Average Coffee (FAQ) at competitive prices to the coffee exporters instead of the middle men who have been exploiting them for a long time.

 

The power of team work; Katikamu farmers; Association put on a coffee factory for value addition

Compiled by:
Jjumba Mathias
Monitoring & Advocacy Officer/ CAPCA