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AMBASSADOR DOROTHY SAMALI HYUHA HAD A MEETING WITH MALAYSIA COCOA BOARD ON 12TH OCTOBER 2017 AT NILAI PUSAT INOVASI DAN TEKNOLOGI KOKO LOT 12621, KAWASAN PERINDUSTRIAN NILAI, 71800 NILAI, NEGERI SEMBILAN.

Thursday, 12th October 2017
Ambassador Dorothy Samali Hyuha had a meeting with MalaysiaCocoa Board On 12th October 2017 at Nilai Pusat Inovasi Dan Teknologi Koko Lot12621, Kawasan Perindustrian Nilai, 71800 Nilai, Negeri Sembilan. In attendance was Director General - Datin Norhaini Udin, Director of cocoa downstream technology – Dr. Sabriah Samsudin, Director of cocoa Upstream technology - Mr. Hayaramba.

The Ambassador appreciated the leadership of Malaysia Cocoa Board for according Uganda High Commission an opportunity to visit them. She extended warm greetings from the Republic of Uganda. In her speech, she added that backborne of Uganda’s economy is agriculture, and one of the crops grown is cocoa.  Bundibugyo district accounts for a 60% share of all the cocoa grown in Uganda where Exporter of Organic Cocoa (ESCO) Uganda Limited has established a factory to dry the beans to international standards.

Uganda's current focus is on Value addition. Cocoa production in Uganda has seen a steady increase over the last few years.We wish to invite development partners in Agro-processing of cocoa in Uganda. In addition, twinning institutions of Uganda and Malaysia to share the expertise, knowledge and skills in cocoa farming and agro-processing and management.

Director General - Datin Norhaini Udin in her response said that, Malaysia Cocoa Board (MCB) has existed for 50 years, however for the last 20 year they have been shifting their concentration to the downstream. This is because most farmers are resorting to palm oil farming.  Palm oil is cheaper in terms of handling that cocoa.  MCB is under Ministry of Plantation and Industries and does research on both upstream and downstream in Cocoa production, processing and Marketing. They also transfer technology to farmers using loans to standardize cocoa beans. They are also directly involved in chocolate enterprise development in line with consumer needs of products. MCB facilitates industry players and connect them to right partners. Largest market for Malaysia cocoa production is middle east and Asia.

In her conclusion, she appreciated the good existing trade between Uganda and Malaysia. She mentioned that there is still a wide market in Malaysia that cocoa farmers in Uganda can tap in.


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