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.