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EAST AFRICAN TEA TRADE ASSOCIATION (EATTA) BOARD VISIT

Monday 1st October 2012

The EATTA
Board and some EATTA members based in Mombasa,
visited Uganda
from 24th to 26th November 2011.

They
included eleven (11) Board members, two (2) EATTA Management and nine (9) Tea
Brokers and Buyers

During
the Board’s stay in the country, it held its Annual General Meeting at the Golf
Course Hotel; met the Hon, Minister of Agriculture Animal Industry and
Fisheries, Hon. Tress Buchanayandi; and also members of the Uganda Tea
Association.

The above
was a rare opportunity for Uganda
since all EATTA Board meetings take place in Kenya.  The Uganda Producers raised to the Board a
number of concerns that included:

  • The case of bond
    requirements for non-Kenya teas
  • The issue of inadequate
    representation of
    Uganda
    to the EATTA Board and
  • The long standing KEPHIS
    charge at Malaba Border which to us is an NTB.

UTA Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Monday 1st October 2012

This was held on 19th
June 2012 at the Golf Course Hotel, Kampala. 

Office
bearers:

Mr.
V.Vadera retained the position of Chairmanship by a unanimous decision.

Mr.
Billy Singh was elected Vice Chairman replacing Mr. Samson Agasa who had been Vice
Chairman for the previous two years.

In
his report the Chairman informed the meeting that Uganda tea

production during 2011 was 56 million kgs, a drop of 5.4% compared to 2010. The
corresponding exports dropped by almost 10%. The decline in production was
attributed to adverse weather effects during the year.  Also high prices of inputs like fertilizers, labor
and fuels partly contributed to the fall.

EATTA MANAGING DIRECTOR VISIT

Monday 1st October 2012

Mr.
Edward Mudibo the new EATTA MD who replaced
Dr. Kipkirui Arap Langa’nt
was in the country from 22nd to 25th   May 2012. During his stay he traveled to Fort Portal
where he opened the “Awareness and Audit training course”.  While in Fort Portal
he Visited Mwenge Tea Estate of M/S Mcleod Russel (U) Ltd and Mpanga G.T.F.

 

While in Kampala he met the Hon Minister of Agriculture, Animal
Industry and Fisheries at Entebbe.  He also visited the UTA Office where he was
met by the Chairman Mr. Vadera and Members;  Mr. Lawrence Ssegujja, Mr. Timothy Kabaza and
the Executive Secretary Mr. Ssekitoleko. A number of issues were discussed notably
the EATTA Strategic Plan 2012-2016.

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