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Ugandan Coffee Shipments May Decline by 8.8% in January

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Posted January 15, 2011 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Business ~ 1,514 views

     


By Fred Ojambo | Coffee exports from Uganda, Africa’s biggest producer of the robusta variety, may fall 8.8 percent this month because of low stocks held by traders, the Uganda Coffee Development Authority said.

Shipments may decline to 240,000 60-kilogram (132-pound) bags, from 263,014 bags a year earlier, the agency said by e- mail today. The East African nation is struggling to maintain production because of crop destruction by insects and growing urbanization in some growing areas, the authority said.

Exports in the 2010-11 season, which runs through September, may rise 16 percent to 3.1 million bags because of better weather, the authority said on Sept. 20.

Output in Uganda slumped from more than 4 million bags in 1996-97 after coffee wilt disease damaged the crop. New planting and improved farm management may help the country boost output to 4.5 million bags by 2015, the authority has said.

Uganda is Africa’s second-largest coffee producer, after Ethiopia. Robusta accounts for about 85 percent of the nation’s annual output.

To contact the reporter on this story: Fred Ojambo in Kampala at fojambo@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Richardson at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net


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