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Uganda's Coffee Production Now at 5.8 Million Bags

According to the Managing Director of Uganda Coffee Development Authority, Emmanuel Iyamulemye Niyibigira, the latest data shows that overall production stands at 5.8 million 60-kilogramme bags, an increase of one million bags.
Dr Emmanuel Niyibigira, the UCDA Managing Director.

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Uganda's coffee production is projected to hit the 5.8 million bags by end of the coffee year ended September 2018.

According to the Managing Director of Uganda Coffee Development Authority-UCDA, Emmanuel Iyamulemye Niyibigira, the latest data shows that overall production stands at 5.8 million 60-kilogramme bags, an increase of one million bags.

Of the 5.8 million bags, 5.1 million are exports, leaving seven hundred thousand bags. Of the remainder, local consumption is at about 400 thousand bags with the rest being carry-on coffee in the system that ultimately get exported in subsequent coffee years.

Challenged on how Uganda can achieve the target of 25 million bags of coffee by 2025, Niyibigira says hitting the 25-million mark is possible.

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In 2017, President Yoweri Museveni launched the Coffee Roadmap that is aimed at generating 25 million bags of coffee by 2025.

Niyibigira says although coffee production has increased from 3.5 million bags a few years ago to the current 5.8 million bags, it is indicative of the strategies that have been put in place.

The strategies in the coffee roadmap include planting more coffee trees, rehabilitating old coffee trees, branding, promoting origin coffee like Okoro, West Nile, Bugisu and Rwenzori, building structured demand, value addition, and revival of coffee cooperatives.

According to Niyibigira, new efforts in data collection will lead to more reliable coffee data in future.

The UCDA, together with Uganda Revenue Authority, are now in charge of coffee data under the single window system, unlike before when the central bank was.

Uganda is the second biggest producer of coffee in Africa after Ethiopia, but the biggest exporter of raw coffee beans simply because about 60 percent of Ethiopia's coffee is consumed in-country.

Coffee contributes 20 percent of Uganda's export earnings, behind tourism and diaspora remittances.

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