Uganda earns UGX shs258.39billion from coffee export in February.

Uganda’s coffee exports in February 2022 amounted to 448,957 60-kilo bags worth US$ 72.17 million (Shs258.39bn).

According to Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) monthly report for February 2022, this comprised 351,944 bags of Robusta valued at US $45.9 million and 97,013 bags of Arabica valued at US$ 26.27 million.

This was a decrease of 20.43% in quantity but an increase of 42.44% in value compared to the same month last year.

By comparing quantity of coffee exported by type in the same month of last Coffee Year (February 2021), although Robusta decreased by 29.91% in quantity, it increased by 11.75% in value, while Arabica exports increased by 56.28% and 173.86% in quantity and value respectively, the report reads.

The decrease in Robusta exports was mainly attributed to lower yields this year that was characterized by drought in some regions. This led to a shorter main harvest season in Central and Eastern regions as well as a short fly crop in Greater Masaka and South Western regions,” the report reads in part.

It adds that the increase in Arabica coffee exports is due to an on-year cycle characteristic of Arabica coffee production.

Shortage of shipping containers in Asia and weather related concerns in Brazil fueled increase in global prices. This was however checked by the Russia/Ukraine war which led to an increase in oil prices with a negative on global commodity prices (coffee inclusive),” UCDA report reads.