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Uganda’s Coffee Exports Decline 15% in November on Weather

December 06, 2011

(Updates with comments from agency in fourth paragraph.)

Dec. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Coffee exports from Uganda, Africa’s biggest exporter of the crop, fell 15 percent in November, the nation’s Coffee Development Authority said.

Shipments declined to 227,177 60-kilogram (132-pound) bags from 266,726 bags a year earlier, the agency said today by e- mail from the capital, Kampala. Exports for the first two months of the season dropped 2.7 percent to 442,462 bags, according to a Bloomberg calculation of UCDA data.

Uganda ranks behind Ethiopia as Africa’s biggest producer of the crop, according to the London-based International Coffee Organization. Robusta beans, which is used in espressos and instant drinks, account for about 85 percent of the nation’s annual production. The country consumes less than 3 percent of its annual output, according to the Eastern African Fine Coffee Association.

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 agency. Exports in 2010-11 were worth $448.89 million, the authority said.

Exports in 2010-11 were $448.89 million from 3.15 million bags, compared with $267.13 million from 2.67 million bags, the agency said on Oct. 19.

--Editors: Gordon Bell, Karl Maier

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

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


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