By John Nuwagaba

Ankole Coffee Producers Co-operative Union Ltd (ACPCU) was founded by 10 primary cooperative societies in 2006 with 3500 farmers. It operates in Southwestern Uganda in the Districts of Bushenyi, Sheema, Rubirizi, Mitooma, Buhweju, and Ntungamo, with its headquarters in Kabwohe on Mbarara-Kasese road. It has grown to cover 25 Primary Cooperative Societies with about 9,150 members. They are engaged in the production of both Robusta and Arabica coffee. Most of the farmers are both fair-trade and organic certified. ACPCU started exporting coffee in 2008 with ¾ a container and the organization has been able to increase export to 110 containers by the first half of 2015. Services offered to members include: Processing and grading Members’ Coffee(Robusta & Arabic) for export, Marketing members coffee, Timely supervision of all member societies in book keeping and management issues, Capacity building of farmers in good agronomical practices & Natural resource management, Providing seedlings to the members and Ensuring organic and Fair-trade certification of members’ coffee.

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