Uganda coffee exports down 5% y/y in January - regulator

Roasted coffee beans are seen on display at a Juan Valdez store in Bogota, Colombia June 5, 2019. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez/File Photo

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda’s coffee exports declined 4.9% in January from the same month last year on account of low arabica yields, the state-run regulator Uganda coffee development Authority (UCDA) said.

The regulator said in a report, seen by Reuters on Thursday, that the east African country shipped 446,560 60-kilogram bags, compared with 469,951 bags exported during the same month in 2020.

The slow down in shipments was attributed to lower yields from arabica trees, a result of the crop’s cyclical nature where a good crop is followed by a bad one. Uganda cultivates both arabica and robusta varieties of the crop.

Uganda is Africa’s largest exporter of coffee followed by Ethiopia and grows mostly the robusta variety.

Reporting by Elias Biryabarema; editing by Omar Mohammed and Jane Merriman