You need to know how to buy vanilla from Uganda Buying vanilla can be simple yet very tricky and risky at the same time. If have intentions of buying vanilla beans from Uganda, then you have to be careful. However, this does not mean that all the sellers or vanilla brokers from Uganda are not trustworthy. You will find some who can trusted to deliver what they intend to deliver.
What is vanilla especially in the Ugandan context?
Vanilla is known in Uganda as a high value cash crop. A crop that yields high returns in terms of money. Well, I guess everyone carrying out farming is interested in making lots of money. Vanilla is mainly grown in the far western part of Uganda like in Bindibugyo, Kasese, some area of Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Central region like in Mukono, Lugazi, and Buikwe though here the growing scale has gone down partly due to the rapid development and high levels of theft of the beans.
Vanilla in Uganda is widely known as a high cash yielding crop which matures in 3-4 years. The crop requires a lot of labour in wedding, planting supporting plants since it’s a creeping plant/orchid and last but not least the use of the hand pollination skill! We shall discuss vanilla hand pollination later on in advance.
How do you buy vanilla from Uganda?
Buying vanilla is various forms. It’s not necessarily vanilla beans alone but also vanilla cuttings, vanilla oil, vanilla split and so on. Any way if you wish to buy vanilla from Uganda, this is the process or requirements that need to be obtained.
The price of vanilla beans in Uganda
If you going to buy vanilla beans, then the first thing that you need to know is the price of vanilla in Uganda. The vanilla bean price is determined by a number of factors like the time of the season. If the season is off, then you should expect the prices to be so high. However, if it’s with the peak of the vanilla harvest, the prices are likely to low and considerable. Forces of demand and supply are another fact to take note. There is a time when buyers are so many hence a high demand for the green vanilla beans. This makes the prices sky rocket! There are other factors but these serve as the main factors in determining the vanilla price in Uganda. The 2020 year’s estimated price range for Uganda vanilla is $ 395.94 and $ 363.64 per kilogram.
Documentation for vanilla export from Uganda
Basing on my experience, there a number of documents that are needed to in order to export your vanilla beans to outside markets of say United States of America (USA), in Europe, Asia and Australia. Let’s look at some of them below;-
The Phyto-Certificate: Phytosanitary certificates are issued to indicate that consignments of plants, plant products or other regulated articles meet specified phyto-sanitary import requirements and are in conformity with the certifying statement of the appropriate model certificate.
This is a very important requirement if not the most important document when export you vanilla to outside markets. It’s issued by the Uganda Export Promotion Board in Kampala. The offices are situated at The Uganda Manufacture’s Association grounds at Lugogo.
Certificate of origin: A certificate of origin is an important international trade document that certifies that goods in a particular export shipment are wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country. It also serves as a declaration by the exporter.
This too is a very import document to have if you intent to export your vanilla to the outside market. You can acquire it from the chamber of commerce in Kampala. It’s located along Kira Road just after Mulago round about as you head to Kamwokya.
Things to watch out for before buying Vanilla from Uganda
Basing on my seven (7) experience dealing and exporting cured vanilla beans and fresh Vanilla cuttings, we have discovered that many of our clients were duped or conned of their money in a pretense of selling them vanilla. So it’s very important to make due diligence before dishing your hard earned income. These are some of the things I can advise you to do.
Order for sample: it’s usually advisable to first ask for a sample of the product before send in all the money. You can buy the sample and they send it to. This will also help you assess the quality of the product you intend to purchase.
Pay a visit to your supplier: well, you can also come and check out your supplier, see how they process, package and so on. Personally we have had some of our clients fly in to come and check on us. Some have even brought new technology, given pieces of advice and they learn from us as well. This helps to strengthen a bond between you the customer and the supplier.
Always pay through a company account: this is a very good thing since a company is fully and legally registered. I find it safe if you transact through a company’s account. You shouldn’t lose your hard earned money through dubious ways.
Well, I think I have at least given you some heads up and an idea about what you should when buying vanilla from Uganda. Thanks for dropping by, till next time.