Factors influencing coffee production by small scale farmers in Busulani sub county and Budadiri town council in Sironko district

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Kampala International University, College of Economics and Management
Coffee is an important crop globally due its contribution of National GDP, tax generation food security and inequality reduction role. The purpose of study was to assess factors influencing small scale coffee production in Budadiri Town Council and Busulani Sub county in Sironko District. The objectives of the study were to assess the influence of: social factors, adoption of coffee production techniques, coffee Cooperative Societies management, and coffee value addition on small scale coffee production. Primary data was collected using both open and closed ended questionnaires from small scale farmers and interview schedules for Coffee Cooperative Society’s Management and key stakeholders. The data was analyzed using Statistical Package for Social sciences version IBM 20. The target population was 600 small scale farmers in Budadiri Town Council and Busulani Sub county in Sironko District from which a sample size of 108 small scale farmers, 2 members of coffee Cooperative Society Management which comprised of and 4 key stakeholders. Male dominated enterprise with 82.4% male ownership against 17.6% women. Age of majority of farmers (50%) ~ranged between 30 to 45years. Majority, (78.7%) of coffee farmers were married people. There was a very low correlation between level of education and yield of coffee by small scale farmers 37.84% of respondent attributed low yield to techniques production techniques adopted. The study further established that 63 .04% of the respondents did not attribute production techniques adopted to be a cause of low coffee yields. According to the study pests and diseases (93.5%) attributed much to the low coffee yields by small scale farmers. The study established that there was consumption of 57.6% of coffee by the coffee farmers. Those who did not consume coffee attributed it to coffee not being available and not affording it. Some claimed they prefer other beverages. The study also established there was low adoption of irrigation by 5.6% and Mechanization adoption was 6.5%. The study revealed that education level of the farmers was not correlated with productivity of coffee per tree. Farmers were less satisfied with roles of cooperative society management farmers in this area of study.
A Research Report Submitted to the College of Economics and Management in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements of the Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics of Kampala International University
Coffee production, Small scale farmers, Busulani sub county, Budadiri town council Sironko district