Thursday, November 6, 2008

Uganda to Plant 200 Million Coffee Trees

Uganda will plant 200 million coffee trees during the next five years in districts which weren't hit by a disease that damaged the industry in the 1990s, New Vision reported, citing Henry Ngabirano, managing director of the state-run Uganda Coffee Development Authority.

The east African country will start by planting 20 million disease-resistant trees by the end of June next year, the Kampala-based newspaper said, citing Ngabirano.

Uganda, which consumes about 3 percent of its output, plans to boost production to about 5.5 million bags of coffee by 2010, up from 3.5 million last year, the newspaper said.