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Monday 1st October 2012

ICT Platform, e-auction:  EATTA organized
sensitization workshops in the EAC Region for tea producers on ICT. In Uganda the workshop was held on 20th
June 2012 at the Golf Course Hotel, Kampala.  The objective of the workshop was to explain
to the Uganda
tea producers for them to understand better how the e-auction system works.

The Uganda Ministry of Agriculture and World Bank organized Stakeholders
Consultation Workshop on the Government Development Strategy and Investment
Plan (DSIP) for tea on 7th September 2012.

The
objective of the workshop was for the stakeholders to discuss and further
recommend additional inputs or changes in the recommendations made by a Task
Team appointed by the Ministry of Agriculture and World Bank on the DSIP for
tea. The task Team’s mandate was study the tea sector and elaborate appropriate
policy changes and new interventions/programs and related investments.

The
task team proposed several interventions that included policy changes, tea
research, extension service, training, infrastructure development and a credit
scheme for tea farmers.

For
the tea policy changes (at the moment there is no tea policy) among the
proposals was setting up a body e.g. a Board to be responsible for the overall
development of the tea sector.

On
the issue of creating a Tea Board the Uganda Tea Association stakeholders
strongly recommended as follows:

  • The Board should be tea
    industry led as opposed to Government officers led
    and this could be
    achieved by having
    a clear majority of
    members
    of the association on the
    Board.
    The fact that the tea industry is 100% private clearly justifies
    this.
  • The Chairman of the Board
    should be from the tea association and should be elected from within the Board
    by the Board Members.

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.

TRAINING

Monday 1st October 2012

AWARENESS
AND INTERNAL AUDIT TRAININGS FOR FOOD SAFETY STANDARDS (ISO 22000-2005)

Target
staff per tea member factory 

  • Quality Assurance Managers
  • Production Managers
  • Engineering Managers
  • Human Resource Managers and
  • Procurement Managers   

The
following twenty four (24) member factories participated in the trainings which
were organized in 4 sessions at deferent periods and venues,

Mityana
(TAMTECO)                                                          Toro
Kahuna (TAMTECO)

Kiamara (TAMTECO)                                                        Kasaku (UTC)

Kakonde
(Dayalbhai Madanji)                                         
Namayiba Tea Estate

Samaliya
Tea Estate                                                         
Kiko
Tea Estate (Mcleod Russel (U) Ltd)

Mwenge
Tea Factory (Mcleod Russel (U) Ltd                              
Muzizi (Mcleod Russel (U) Ltd

Bugambe  Tea Factory (Mcleod Russel (U) Ltd            Buzirasagama
(Rwenzori Com.)

Hima  (Rwenzori Com)                                                       Kigumba           (Rwenzori Com)        

Munobwa
                                                                             Mabale
G.T.F               

Mpanga
G.T.F                                                                    
Rusekere
G.T.F
                                  

Kijura
Tea Co.                                                                     
Mwera/Nakigalala Tea  (Madhvani)               

Nyambya
Tea Co.                                                                              

Igara
G.T.F

Kayonza
G.T.F


Ankole
Tea factory (Mcleod Russel)
                    

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