Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Lawmakers on Parliament’s Budget Committee raised queries about a proposal by Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) to spend Shs35 billion on the installation of a coffee traceability system which is intended to monitor the quality of coffee produced in Uganda.
The MPs also questioned the proposal by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development to sink $40.5 million (about UGX154.359 billion) in the installation of 22 mineral weighbridges to curb revenue leakage lost through unquantified minerals mined in Uganda.
The contagious coffee issue was raised in a report presented to the Budget Committee by Janet Okori-Moe, Chairperson, of the Committee on Agriculture on the sector’s 2024/25 national budget framework paper. In the report, the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) indicated the Shs35 billion for the coffee traceability system as one of the unfunded priorities.
According to Okori-Moe, the UCDA is seeking to establish a national traceability system to comply with regulations by the European Union that bar the production of agricultural products like coffee from deforested areas.
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