Uganda monthly coffee exports have broken the $80m (about Shs282b) mark, the latest report shows.
According to the Uganda Coffee Development Authority monthly report for March 2022, Uganda exported 478, 02360 kilo bags of coffee valued at $80.99m in March 2022.
Coffee exports for 12 months (Apr 21-Mar 22) totalled 6.52m bags worth US$ 790.33m
March exports comprised 360,229 bags of Robusta valued at US $48.94m & 117,798 bags of Arabica valued at US$32.05m.
“This was a decrease of 16.40% in quantity but an increase of 51.44% in value compared to the same month last year,” the report states.
By comparing quantity of coffee exported by type in the same month of last Coffee Year (March 2021), Robusta decreased by 26.96% in quantity but increased by 19.51% in value, while Arabica exports increased by 49.83% and 155.85% in quantity and value respectively.
The decrease in Robusta exports was mainly attributed to lower yields this year that was characterized by drought in some regions. This led to a shorter main harvest season in Central and Eastern regions as well as a short fly crop in Greater Masaka and South-Western regions.
The average Robusta price was US$ 2.26 per kilo. Washed Robusta fetched the highest price of US$ 3.15 per kilo. Arabica fetched an average price of US$ 4.52 per kilo. The highest price was for Sustainable Arabica Fully Washed Sipi Falls sold at US$ 5.42 per kilo.
Italy maintained the highest market share of 32.39%, Sudan 24.98%, Germany 12.30%, Belgium 5.69% & USA 4.55%. Coffee exports to Africa amounted to 143,231 bags, a market share of 30%.
Coffee exports to Africa amounted to 143,231 bags, a market share of 30% compared to 94,647 bags (21%) the previous month. African countries included Algeria, Sudan, Morocco, Egypt, South Africa, South Sudan, Somalia and Kenya. Europe remained the main destination for Uganda’s coffees with a 57% imports share lower than 62% in February 2022.