CABINET DECISIONS TAKEN DURING THE CABINET MEETING HELD ON MONDAY 21ST MAY, 2018 AT STATE HOUSE ENTEBBE

1.       Approved the National Coffee Bill, 2018. The Bill is intended:

 

(i)                              To repeal and replace the Uganda Coffee Development Authority Statute Cap.325 with the National Coffee Act (2018);

 

(ii)                           To facilitate the development of a competitive, equitable and sustainable Coffee Industry by promoting Coffee research, good Coffee farming practices, domestic consumption of Coffee and adding value to Coffee;

 

(iii)                        To provide for the Authority to regulate all on-farm and off-farm activities in the Coffee value chain;

 

(iv)                        To streamline and harmonize the roles of the Institutions involved in the development of the coffee Sub-sector;

 

(v)                          To provide for the Uganda Coffee Development Authority to regulate, promote and oversee the Coffee Sub-Sector;

 

 

(vi)                        To provide for a Coffee Auction System.

 

2.      Approved the Principles for the Fisheries and Aquaculture Bill, 2018. The objectives of the Bill include the following:

 

(i)                             To strengthen coordination, organization, management and development of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sub-Sector;

 

(ii)                           To manage and develop Fisheries and Aquaculture resources  guided by the best scientific evidence;

 

(iii)                        To sustainably increase human resources, knowledge, skills and expertise among staff and other actors throughout the entire Fisheries and Aquaculture Sub-Sector;

 

(iv)                        To promote and sustain availability of adequate fish for Domestic, Regional and International markets;

 

(v)                          To support Fisheries and Aquaculture management practices and technologies that are environmentally friendly and climate resilient;

 

(vi)                        To prevent and control the introduction of pathogens, disease-causing organisms and contaminants as well as invasive species within the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector;

 

(vii)                      To create a conducive investment environment through aqua parks to increase fish production and productivity; and

 

(viii)                    To ensure availability of effective monitoring systems, adequate and relevant information for planning and decision making.