By Zalimon Basighalha (Good Luck)
The Government of Uganda through the Agro-Industrialization for Local Economic Development (AGRI-LED) under the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) has donated 57 coffee pulper machines for peeling coffee beans to Kasese District Local Government.
The donated coffee machines that were handed to the District authorities on Wednesday are suitable for cleaning and peeling the skin of coffee beans, cocoa beans, cherry and other materials.
Speaking to the press shortly after handing over the donation, Hadad S. Ssebunza, the Technical Sales Manager at Musa Body Machinery Uganda Limited, the main suppliers of the donated machines, said the 57 wet processing coffee machines are worth shillings 2.1 billion.
Shortly after receiving the donation at the District Headquarters, the District Technical Team also invited the Kasese Deputy RDC, Joshua Kisembo Masereka to hand them over to the intended beneficiaries that included Bukonzo Organic Farmers’ Cooperative Union that received 22 machines while Mt. Rwenzori Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union received 25. Others are Kanone and Bunyakalija groups in Mbunga sub-county with each receiving only one machine.
The Kasese District Principal Production Officer, Julius Baluku explained that the donation was part of the pledges to the district in 2019 under the AGRI-LED program.
Josinta Kabugho, the General Manager for Bukonzo Organic Farmers Cooperative Union and Juvenile Kule Rwantangale of Mt. Rwenzori Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union hailed the donors for boosting coffee production in the district. In his address, the Deputy RDC, Joshua Masereka Kisembo asked the beneficiaries to properly utilize the machines for the benefit of the local community.