Uganda’s coffee production has increased by 56% from 4.46 million (60kg) bags in FY 2015/16 to 6.950 million (60 kg) bags in FY 2018/19, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and. Fisheries (MAAIF) has revealed.
Coffee is Uganda’s principal export.
The volume of coffee exported also increased by 17% from 3.56 (60 kg) bags in FY 2015/16 to 4.17 million (60 kg) bags in FY 2018/19.
“The increase in production and export volumes is attributed to the long-standing replanting program that has been ongoing over the last 10 years to replace the stock lost to Coffee Wilt Disease and national plan to increase production from the current 4 million to 20 million bags by 2025,” the Ministry says.
It adds that coffee agro-processing is on the rise, with the last year witnessing an increase of 30 coffee processing hullers (from 548 in FY 2017/28 to 578 in FY 2018/19); an increase of 6 coffee roasters (from 17 in FY 2017/18 to 23 in FY 2018/19); and an increase of 12 export grading plants (from 24 in FY 2017/18 to 36 in FY 2018/19).