By Prossy Nandudu
Farmers attending the Africa Fine Coffees Conference hope to learn about the latest Eco-friendly machinery used in coffee processing.
Some of the technologies being sought are pulpers that reduce the amount of water used during in the pulping process. They also want to get machinery that don’t emit industrial fumes in the atmosphere when processing.
They are seeking environment-friendly machinery to reduce gasses emitted into the atmosphere, causing air pollution.
Apart from air pollution, these lead to a buildup of greenhouse gases, responsible for Global warming being experienced worldwide today, according to the United Nations Environment Program.
The farmers are also looking out for new markets, following the disruptions caused by the Covid19 pandemic, added Nuwa Welishe, the Certification manager, at Mt Elgon Coffee and Honey Cooperative.
The African Fine Coffees Conference & Exhibition is Africa’s the largest coffee trade platform that kicked off on Wednesday brings together over 2000 regional and international coffee roasters, traders, producers, professionals and connoisseurs under one roof.
Areas of concern at the conference include what the African Continental Free Trade Area, means for the Coffee Industry, Sustainable coffee production, Sustainable Financing for the Coffee Sector, regulations, role of women and youth in the coffee sector among others.
The conference that ends on Friday is running under the theme “Shared Value for Sustainability in the African Coffee Industry, organized by the Africa Fine Coffees Association.