A trip to Netherlands opened coffee export market for Wamai
Most Ugandans who get the opportunity of visiting European countries, have short-lived, if not selfish priorities.
However, when David Wamai (50), scooped a trip to Netherlands in 2018 together with 13 other farmers, courtesy of Vision Group Harvest Money Best Farmers competition, among the outstanding enterprises that counted to merit his victory had been Arabica coffee.
As majority of his contemporaries on trip the hurried to mobilise financial resources within their reach to enable them purchase modest agro value additional equipment, Wamai’s priorities were different.
From the time he learnt about the trip, his lone priority, then, had been utilising the trip to cultivate a direct market for Bugisu Arabica coffee.
Wamai argues that the beverage has been prided over globally for its distinct taste and so has been its superior price, but the farmers continued to eat bones, as the bulk of dividends accrued from the transaction perennially went into the pockets of middlemen.
“I am delighted to disclose that the trip has turned out to be a breath of fresh air. I have since gotten connections of exporting Arabica coffee directly to the Netherlands from this part of the Elgon sub-region,” Wamai says with a grin of satisfaction.
Yet, the celebration of his breakthrough has not been limited to his household alone, but is now shared by a cooperative society he has since formed comprising 100 farmer households.
“The trip enabled me to get innumerable roasters/coffee dealers that yearning for our coffee and I promise bring a good number of the long exploited farmers in the sub-region on board,” he says.
Since he returned from the Netherlands trip, Wamai has not only hosted a string of roasters/coffee dealers of international genre, but obtained a nod of approval from all of them.
Read about Wamai’s coffee revolution in the Harvest Money pullout this Friday, November 26