KAMPALA – Uganda exported coffee worth $45.87m (about Shs172b) in the month of March, statistics from the Uganda Coffee Development Authority indicate.
This comprised 385,978 bags ($33.09M) of Robusta and 91,583 bags ($12.78M) of Arabic.
This is an increase of 38.39% and 35.72% in quantity and value respectively from the same month in 2019.
The managing director of Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA), Dr. Emmanuel Lyamulemye, said Uganda’s coffee exports have remained stable despite the declining global economy over Coronavirus.
He added that this is an indication that Ugandan coffee is of good quality.
The Agriculture minister, Mr Vincent Ssempijja, said that the country is still on track with implementing approaches in the Coffee Roadmap.
UCDA is a statutory body established by an Act of Parliament; Uganda Coffee Development Authority Statute 1991 as amended 1994 CAP 325 under the laws of the Republic of Uganda.
The Authority’s focus is to facilitate increase in quality coffee production, productivity, and consumption working with stakeholders who include; Farmers, nursery operators, processors, exporters and Coffee traders. UCDA is mainly a service provider and the services availed to its stakeholders include;
• Provision of clean planting materials
• Farmer, barista, processor and roaster trainings
• Market research and Information dissemination to stakeholders
• Quality improvement and enforcement
• Support to coffee research
• Promote domestic consumption of coffee.