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August 31, 2008

Uganda coffee exports continue upward trend

Uganda exported over three million bags of coffee during the past 12 months.

The Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) monthly report for July 2008 shows that a total of 3.08 million bags of coffee were exported from August 2007 to July 2008 as compared to 2.6 million bags exported over the same period in 2006/2007.

In the past ten months of the current coffee year (October 2007 to July 2008), a rise of 16% has so far been recorded.

The report shows that a total of 2,674,283 bags worth $320 million were exported as compared to coffee worth $214 million exported in a similar period last year.

The UCDA report also indicates a great increase in the volume and value of Uganda’s coffee exports for the month of July 2008, where 32,508,000 bags coffee worth $42 million were exported.

Of the total coffee exports, Robusta coffee was over 289,600 bags worth $36 million and Arabica was 35,398 bags, worth $5 million.

Farm-gate prices ranged from Ush1, 200 (US 73cents) to Ush1, 400 for Robusta coffee and up to 3,300 for Arabica coffee.

The major destinations of Uganda's coffee in the month of July 2008 were the EU totaling 238,842 bags (73.5%) up from 185,749 bags (67%) recorded in June and Sudan.

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