Functions

FUNCTIONS OF CDO

Under the Cotton Development Act, the objectives of the Cotton Development Organisation is to promote and monitor production and marketing of cotton and represent all aspects of the cotton industry in Uganda.

The duties of the Cotton Development Organisation include:

(a) to monitor, in liaison with the ministry responsible for agriculture, through registration on terms and conditions prescribed by the organisation, all persons, organisations and bodies
(i) dealing in cotton seed
(ii) dealing in seed cotton
(iii) dealing in lint cotton
(iv) exporting lint cotton
(v) operating a ginnery

(b) to set standards for Uganda seed cotton and lint against international standards;

(c) to provide an objective assessment and lint classification service for the industry by issue of certificates on a fee-for-work basis;

(d) to monitor and provide advice on lint and seed cotton quality standards;

(e) to procure, process and distribute planting seed, in collaboration with the Ministry responsible for agriculture, within segregated areas and where appropriate supervise the production and distribution of later generation seeds outside segregated areas through selected ginneries;

(f) to announce, if it deems appropriate, indicative farmgate, ginnery buying and export prices and to monitor prices actually paid at these levels together with prices of cotton seed for planting and milling;

(g) to announce the commencement and closure of the cotton marketing season;

(h) to collect, maintain and disseminate statistical information in respect of all aspects of the cotton industry;

(i) to facilitate cotton production, cotton research and extension through the Ministry responsible for agriculture;

(j) to advise the Government on policies towards the subsector;

(k) to promote training for technicians, cotton processors, quality controllers and other related disciplines;

(l) to promote the formation of associations among different groups in the industry;

(m) to monitor and advise the cotton industry on the procurement and distribution of cotton inputs;

(n) to inspect ginneries to ensure compliance with registration requirements;

(o) to do anything connected with or necessary in the performance of the above functions.