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Steady progress as Uganda’s coffee exports rise 16 percent

Uganda’s Coffee exports for 12 months (April 2020 to March 2021) amounted to 5.65 million bags worth US 523.07 million compared to 4.88 million bags worth US$ 479.81 million the previous year. “This represents 16 percent and 11 percent increase in quantity and value respectively,” says Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA).

Meanwhile, coffee exports in March 2021 amounted to 572,839 60-kilo bags worth US$ 53.52 million. UCDA says the exports comprised 494,223 bags of Robusta valued at US $ 41.03 million and 78,616 bags of Arabica valued at US$ 12.49 million.

“This was an increase of 19.1 percent and 16 percent in quantity and value respectively compared to the same month last year. By comparing quantity of coffee exported by type in the same month of last Coffee Year (March 2020), Robusta increased by 26.93 percent and 23 percent in quantity and value respectively. On the other hand, Arabica exports decreased in both quantity and value by 14.16 percent and 2.26 percent respectively.”

UCDA attributes the decrease in Arabica monthly exports compared to the previous year mostly to the off-year biennial cycle characteristic of Arabica production. Increasing Robusta exports during the month was on account of fruition of the newly planted coffee as well as favourable weather. “This was also due to a positive trend in global coffee prices which influenced exporters to offload more coffee. The decrease in value of Arabica coffee is due to low volumes exported.”

Coffee exports for the 12 months (April 2020-March 2021) amounted to 5,649,357 60-kilo bags worth US$ 523.07 million compared to 4,880,151-kilo bags valued at US$ 471.81 million the previous year. This represents 15.76 percent and 10.86 percent increase in both quantity and value respectively.

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