Katikiro Mayiga presented proposals from the Buganda Kingdom before Minister Ssempijja which he said should be included in the national coffee bill.
The Katiikiro of Buganda, Charles Peter Mayiga and Agriculture Minister Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja yesterday held a closed-door meeting that lasted nearly two hours, debating problems related to the planned National Coffee Bill.
In this meeting, Katikiro Mayiga who opposed the bill, presented proposals from the Buganda Kingdom before Minister Ssempijja which he said should be included in the bill.
Addressing the media soon after the meeting, Mayiga said that key proposals tabled by the Buganda Kingdom that include; registration, the size of land and the role of Uganda Coffee Development Authority should be reviewed.
“We had fears that those sections of the bill could hamper the growing of coffee. We feared that they could scare away potential farmers of coffee, and during our discussions with the honourable Minster were able to bring out these fears to him and he gave government views and ideas on the coffee industry,” Mayiga said.
However, the minister of Agriculture, Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja vowed to table the proposals brought up by the Buganda Kingdom on the floor of Parliament for discussion.
“The Katiikiro is going to inform us in writing on this matter and how we can better present the issue. The whole thing is nobody is intending to do anything bad or wrong to our farmers but how best can we present the case and then we move together,” Minister Ssempijja said.
Ssempijja said the sections in the National Coffee Bill were created concerning the World Bank standards issued as far as the quality of coffee is concerned.