Agriculture Minister Hon Frank Tumwebaze had declared tomorrow the July 1st 2021 to be the vanilla harvest date for the first season of this year.
Vanilla is a high value horticulture crop grown and used as a flavoring agent in beverages, confectionaries, and pharmaceuticals.
In Uganda Vanilla is grown mainly in central, western, and Eastern regions in about 28 districts.
Declaration of harvest date is one of the global best practices that was adopted by the ministry to fight several malpractices along the vanilla value chain which are a result of its high price.
Some of the malpractices include theft, robbery, murders, immature harvesting, handling, and processing, which compromise the overall quality of the final vanilla product that is put on the market.
“Poor quality of vanilla ultimately affects the prices that are offered for Uganda’s vanilla by the international buyers. Consequently, the actors including farmers earn less” said minister Tumwebaze.
“Farmers should, therefore, harvest only fully mature and ripe vanilla. Simultaneously, traders and processors must ensure that they buy only mature vanilla and ensure professional handling and processing of vanilla to attain the highest possible content,” he said.
“If we can work together to address the practices that reduce the quality of vanilla, we will be in a stronger position to protect our farmers from the price fluctuations on the worldwide vanilla market and Uganda will become a number one supplier of the high-quality vanilla in the world.”