The Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) reported on Monday that the country’s coffee exports decreased by 24 percent year-over-year in April as a result of a drought in certain regions of the country.
UCDA reported that the east African nation shipped a total of 407,762 60-kilogram bags, a 24 percent decrease compared to the same month last year.
The value of the coffee increased by 42 percent from April 2021 to $70.9 million. According to UCDA, the value increase was due to higher international coffee prices.
Referring to the decline in export volumes, UCDA stated: “The decrease was primarily attributable to this year’s lower yields, which were characterised by drought in some regions. This shortened the main harvest season.”
Uganda is the leading exporter of coffee in Africa, followed by Ethiopia, and the commodity is a major source of foreign exchange.