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Ugandan President Urges Officials to Arrest ‘Wet Bean’ Traders

Ugandan coffee plantCiting quality concerns as well as federal financial concerns, Uganda president Yoweri  Museveni has directed officials in the Sheema District to arrest traders who are buying fresh coffee beans direct from farmers.

Musevni made the directive at a celebration of International Cooperative Day, after some farmers complained that other farmers in the region have been selling wet beans to traders, who were subsequently air-drying and rushing lower-quality beans to the international market.

“I don’t want to hear that people are buying fresh coffee from farmers any more. The minister of trade and industry should get closer to Uganda Coffee Development Authority and the Bureau of Standards to make sure that no businessman gets involved in this,” Museveni told a crowd, as reported by Uganda’s The Citizen. “We are going to make this a strong case such that when you are caught, you become an example to others. The minister should check and see if the legislation on this is strong enough, if not we shall make a new law such that we send (to the world market) good quality coffee that can favorably compete with that from other countries.”

The full story: The Citizen

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