UGANDA—The Uganda Coffee Development Authority has reported a notable increase in coffee exports, contributing a substantial US$78.96 million (UGX 298.2 billion) to the country’s revenue in the month of October.

The total coffee exports for the month surpassed 470,080 60 kg bags, comprising 410,113 bags of Robusta valued at US$66.87 million (UGX 252.56 billion) and 59,967 bags of Arabica valued at US$12.10 million (UGX 45.7 billion).

According to the UCDA, these figures represent a 3.4% growth in quality and an 18.3% increase in value compared to September.

In comparison to October 2022, the volume of Robusta coffee shipped saw a more than 3.4% rise, accompanied by a substantial 26% increase in earnings.

Similarly, Arabica volume experienced a growth of over 2.8%, with earnings soaring by more than 12%.

The UCDA attributed this export performance improvement to a robust crop harvest in the Southwest region and favourable global pricing, prompting exporters to release their stocks.

Moreover, the UCDA highlighted that the average price of exported Robusta in October reached US$2.73/kilo, marking a 3.4% increase in quantity shipped and an 18.3% surge in value compared to October 2022.

The farmgate pricing for various coffee types, including Robusta Kiboko, FAQ, Arabica parchment, and Drugar, was also detailed.

Over the 12 months leading up to October 2023, coffee exports totalled 6.16 million bags, amounting to US$952.24 million (approximately UGX 3.59 trillion).

This reflects a 5.5% increase in volume and a notable 7.8% growth in income compared to the period between November 2021 and October 2022.

According to the report, Europe remained the primary importer of Ugandan coffee, accounting for 68% of coffee exports, with other notable importers listed.

As the major harvesting season concludes in the Greater Masaka and South-Western region, and the primary harvesting season in the North of the equator begins, projections anticipate Uganda’s coffee exports to reach 50,000 bags.

Farmer training initiatives in Good Agronomic Practices (GAPs) have been instrumental in enhancing coffee production and productivity, addressing aspects such as optimal fertilizer usage, soil and water conservation, and pest and disease management.

This initiative, conducted through radio talk shows in September 2023, aims to bolster Uganda’s coffee sector.

Furthermore, the global coffee production outlook for 2023/24 anticipates a total of 174.3 million bags, marking a 4.3 million bag increase from the previous year, driven by higher output from Brazil and Vietnam.