EATTA developed a
Strategic Review Plan Framework indicating the needed structural changes to
benefit the 175 members of EATTA. During the year 2012 the document was
circulated to all members calling for their comments on the proposed way
The plan focused on
the following six themes:
- Tea auction management.
- Advocacy, lobbying and legislative
- Membership focus.
- Resource mobilization.
- Human resources.
The theme that attracted wide attention
among the Uganda
Tea Association (UTA) members was the tea auction management.
After wide consultation, the vast
majority of UTA members rejected the introduction of the e-auction system at Mombasa auction market
giving some of the reasons against the system as:
- A not so well developed
IT system in the country
- Continuously power
loss of negotiation advantage of face to face etc
Board and some EATTA members based in Mombasa,
from 24th to 26th November 2011.
included eleven (11) Board members, two (2) EATTA Management and nine (9) Tea
Brokers and Buyers
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
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.
This was held on 19th
June 2012 at the Golf Course Hotel, Kampala.
V.Vadera retained the position of Chairmanship by a unanimous decision.
Billy Singh was elected Vice Chairman replacing Mr. Samson Agasa who had been Vice Chairman for the previous two years.
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.