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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.

EATTA Strategic Plan 2012-2016

Monday 1st October 2012

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
forward.

The plan focused on
the following six themes:

  1. Tea auction management.
  2. Advocacy, lobbying and legislative
    issues.
  3.  Membership focus.
  4. Resource mobilization. 
  5.  Human resources.
  6. Governance
    and structure.

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
    blackouts
  • Likely
    loss of negotiation advantage of face to face etc

WORKSHOPS

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.

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