CAPCA SKILLS 85 FARMERS’ IN COFFEE CULTIVATION BRAZILIAN STYLE (3mX1m) AND VALUE ADDITION.
The Central Archdiocesan Province Caritas Association (CAPCA) prioritizes the coffee value chain as one of her areas of intervention. Time and again the supported farmer organizations have encountered innovations, new practices in coffee growing that they need to appreciate so as to improve their farm production and productivity. Off farm, the four coffee hullers that CAPCA gave farmers earlier on need effective management so as to break even, but also function as sustainable entities.
With financial support from Private sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) under the Skills development Facility Project (SDF project – Window 2), CAPCA implemented a six months project on skilling farmers in coffee cultivation and value addition (effective management of coffee hullers and coffee roasting). Additionally, this project intended to improve both on and off farm practices, coffee roasting, packaging and branding spearheaded by young cooperators (youth).
CAPCA hired services National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises Limited (NUCAFE), her strategic partner as the trainers for the skilling of coffee farmers in coffee growing and Value addition.
Purpose of the Training
The Purpose of the trainings was to build the capacity of 85 coffee farmers in coffee growing and value addition using practical training methods and through an exposure learning visit to a farm growing coffee using the Brazilian style of coffee cultivation (3meters between rows and 1-meter tree to tree). The trainings were carried out among four sites in Bigasa – Bukomansimbi district, Kyalugondo-Luweero district, Buwama –
Mpigi district and Kiganda – Kassanda district.
The specific objectives of the assignment were;
- To impart 85 farmers with coffee growing knowledge and skills.
- To equip 85 farmers with skills in effective management of coffee hullers.
- To equip 60 of the targeted farmers with skills in coffee roasting, packaging and branding.