Uganda Coffee Exports Rose for 6th Month in June on Bigger Crop

Coffee exports from Uganda, Africa’s biggest robusta shipper, rose for a sixth month in June after a larger crop.

Shipments climbed 31 percent to 361,146 bags from 275,057 bags in June last year, the state-run Uganda Coffee Development Authority said. Output in 2012-13 will be 3.35 million bags, 8.9 percent larger than a year earlier, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A bag weighs 132 pounds.

“Plantings in the last few years and the good rains last year contributed to a bigger crop,” said Joseph Nkandu, executive director of the Kampala-based National Union of Coffee Agribusiness and Farm Enterprises.

Uganda mainly ships beans to the European Union, the U.S., Sudan, Switzerland, India, Singapore and Russia. Robusta accounts for about 79 percent of the crop.

Coffee exports in the first nine months of the 2012-13 season climbed 31 percent to 2.64 million bags from 2.01 million bags a year earlier, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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