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Uganda Coffee Exports Rose 1.9% in December, Authority Says

Coffee shipments from Uganda, Africa’s largest exporter of the crop, climbed 1.9 percent in December after dry weather boosted the harvest and drying of the crop, the Uganda Coffee Development Authority said.

Shipments last month rose to 242,301 60-kilogram (132-pound) bags, from 237,747 bags a year earlier, the agency said today by e-mail from the capital, Kampala.

The country’s coffee exports from Oct. 1 through September 2012 may rise to 3.3 million bags, from 3.15 million bags in 2010-11, because of a bigger crop, the authority said last month without providing production forecasts. Exports in 2010-11 were worth $448.89 million, the authority said.

The December exports brought the shipment in the first three months of the season to 684,763 bags, 1.1 percent less than 692,485 bags in the same period last season, according to a tally of UCDA figures by Bloomberg News.

The country’s replanting program may boost its output to 4.5 million bags by 2015, according to UCDA. The nation consumes about 3 percent of its annual coffee crop and the rest is exported, according to the Eastern African Fine Coffee Association.

Uganda was Africa’s biggest coffee exporter and the world’s 9th overall in the 12 months ended Sept. 30, according to the London-based International Coffee Organization. Robusta beans, which are used in espressos and instant drinks, account for about 85 percent of the nation’s annual production, according to the UCDA.

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