Elgon coffee farmers reach out to international market: Part 2
Other variables required to suit the specialty class of Arabica coffee, demand the following;
Proper plantation management
The management of the coffee entails pruning and excavation of drainages in the coffee plantations that usually comes between January and February.
Other crucial practices done around the same time of the year by farmers entail fertility enhancement using organic manure (cow dung). Farmers ferry the manure on trucks from neignbouring Teso.
Once the organic manure has been brought, it is spread all over the garden.
Arabica coffee trees thrive mostly in a setting of sheds. The cash crop also thrives most in these mountainous area when its inter-cropped with the native towering banana species.
In some instances, this is the time when farmers open pits where they buried the husks of the previous season and sprinkle the dark humus soils and sprinkle it in their coffee plantations.
Husks of Arabica coffee cherries as organic manure
Farmers collect the fresh husks removed off the fresh coffee cherries during pulping exercise and bury them under a pit for a period of year, then scoop them and sprinkle the dark soil fertile soil into their plantations.
Arabica coffee season
The harvest season of Arabica coffee in the Elgon region reigns from the month of August where early harvest of what are described as shooters (early ripe cherries are harvested) is realised. The peak of the season usually reigns in the months of September October November and December. Late harvest, particularly in high altitude area on steep ridges, stretches
up to the month January and February.
“The considerably chilly (cold condition) in the high mountainous ridges would render coffee cherries to take longer before they could ripen,” Nangoli says.