THE volume of coffee exported in September was slightly lower compared to the same month last year.
The latest Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) report states that export volumes reached 176,649 bags of 60 kilogrammes each. This was 29.5% lower than during September 2002.
September exports value stood at $6.93m an increase of 1.6% over the same month last year.
According to the UCDA report, the decrease in volumes was due to a decline in the level of crop husbandry and the dry season that affected bean formation. Also as a result of many old coffee trees (40 years and above) whose productivity are declining.
Over 90% of the coffee exported was Robusta and 10% Arabica.
Trading locally was low as traders shifted to central and eastern Uganda where the 2003/04 crop harvest is due to start. UCDA said district leaders are helping to enforce coffee regulations.Ends
Coffee In Slight Dip