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Uganda's coffee export earnings reach record high

Xinhua
03 Aug 2020, 22:44 GMT+10

Gerald Katabazi, chief executive officer of Volcano Coffee cafeteria, makes coffee in Kampala, Uganda, July 24, 2020. (Xinhua/Hajarah Nalwadda)

Uganda's coffee export earnings reached a record 494 million U.S. dollars in the financial year that ended on June 30, ministry of finance figures showed on Monday.

KAMPALA, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- Uganda's coffee export earnings reached a record 494 million U.S. dollars in the financial year that ended on June 30, ministry of finance figures showed on Monday.

The ministry said the year 2020 could see Uganda, already Africa's largest coffee exporter, overtaking Ethiopia as the continent's largest coffee producer.

File photo shows the arabica coffee in Mbale, east Uganda. Arabica coffee farmers in this region are expecting bumper harvest due to the adequate rains and minimal natural disasters during the season. (Xinhua)

Coffee is one of the 14 commodities identified by President Yoweri Museveni as critical to the economic transformation of Uganda in the wake of COVID-19.

Angola exported 5.06 million 60kg bags in 2019-2020, up from 3.5 million 60kg bags in 2016-2017. It aims export 20 million 60kg bags by 2025.

Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) said it is looking at new markets like China.

About 1.7 million households in Uganda depend on coffee production, according to the UCDA. ■

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