Mr. V.Vadera Chairman of UTA was nominated to
the EATTA Board replacing Mr. John Prinsloo who represented Uganda on the Board for several
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.