CoffeeNetwork (New York) – According to the USDA attache report, Uganda’s production for the 2019-2020 crop should total 4.25 million bags, a 12 percent drop in Uganda’s coffee production in MY 2019/2020 due to expected drought conditions in coffee growing regions. This loss counteracts efforts by the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA), which has invested in a replanting program, introduction of improved varieties, increasing the efficiency of farm inputs supply, and revamping agricultural extension services.
Due to the full liberalization of the coffee sector, Uganda now has a vibrant private-sector-led coffee industry. Most international coffee trading companies have locally incorporated companies as representatives. These local companies are allowed to purchase coffee from producer organizations or directly from farmers for onward processing and export. Producer organizations aggregate and market coffee from smallholder farmers, but large scale plantations market their coffee directly.
Ugandan exports will likely fall, contributed in part, by the political instability in the Sudan, which is a key export market. These developments will upset the ambitious government of Uganda (GOU) program to grow the coffee sector.
Exports are pegged at 4 million bags.
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