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Uganda Coffee Exports May Climb 6.4% in October on Bigger Crop

October 20, 2011

Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Coffee exports from Uganda, Africa’s second-biggest producer of the commodity, may climb 6.4 percent this month from a year earlier on a bigger harvest, the country’s Coffee Development Authority said.

Shipments in October may rise to 200,000 60-kilogram (132- pound) bags, from 188,012 bags, the agency said by e-mail yesterday from the capital, Kampala. Exports may be 41 percent lower than the 340,378 bags shipped in September after harvesting was completed in the southern and southwestern regions, the authority said.

The country’s coffee exports in the 12 months from Oct. 1 through September next year may rise to 3.3 million bags, from 3.15 million bags in 2010-11, because of a bigger crop, according to the authority, which didn’t provide production forecasts. Exports in 2010-11 were worth $448.89 million, the authority said.

Uganda ranks behind Ethiopia as the continent’s largest exporter of coffee, according to the London-based International Coffee Organization. Robusta beans, used in espressos and instant drinks, account for about 85 percent of the nation’s annual production.

--Editors: John Deane, Ana Monteiro

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

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


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