National Geographic : 1971 Nov
KODACHROMES BYHOWARDLAFAY(BELOW)ANDGEORGEF. MOBLEY( N.G .S . The freshest leaves go into this picker's bag at Salama Tea Estate near Kampala (above). The govern ment encourages farmers to plant a variety of cash crops to lessen the nation's dependence on the shifting fortunes of coffee and cotton. Coffee-cup bonanza, grown near Mount Elgon, cures in this coopera tive mill in Mbale (right). For more than half a century, here and around Lake Victoria, farmers have raised coffee with their food crops. The harvest makes Uganda the number one coffee producer in the British Commonwealth. From a calabash mug, a brewer near Mbale (left) samples beer fermented from bananas in a leaf-lined hole in the ground. The fruit provides food and drink in Uganda's southern half. Sorghum is the staple in the north.