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CABINET DECISIONS TAKEN DURING THE CABINET MEETING HELD ON MONDAY 21ST MAY, 2018

 AT STATE HOUSE ENTEBBE.
Cabinet:
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.