Uganda says drought has cut coffee exports by 14% year-on-year

KAMPALA — Uganda’s coffee exports fell last month due to the impact of the drought that affected many growing areas across the country, a state sector regulator said.

According to a report by the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA), Uganda shipped a total of 503,695 60kg coffee beans in September, a 14% decrease compared to the same period last year.

UCDA said “the decline in exports was primarily due to lower harvests this year characterized by drought in most regions,” with dry conditions shortening the harvest season in central and eastern Uganda. added.

Uganda is Africa’s largest coffee exporter, followed by Ethiopia, and relies on income from coffee beans as its primary source of foreign currency earnings.

September is the last month of the harvest year starting in October of the previous year.

In the 2021-2022 (October-September) crop year, Uganda exported 5.9 million bags worth $876 million, down from 6.5 million bags worth $630.01 million .

In some years, higher international coffee prices have resulted in increased revenue despite lower sales volume.