Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Uganda aims higher with Coffee export

Uganda, the second largest African coffee exporter, has relaunched an ambitious campaign to become the world’s third-largest exporter of coffee by 2025. The plan comes after shipping nearly 6 million 60-kilo bags in 2020.

A new law which orders the registration of farmers and the enforcement of standards, plus the replacement of old trees with new ones are part of the measures to achieve the target. In the current coffee year, the country expects to export 6.5 million bags out of a total harvest of 8 million.

After the decline in coffee harvesting in the 1990s due to viral infections on the Robusta coffee trees, Uganda’s scientists began breeding new, disease-resistant varieties. Since then the Coffee farming busines has grown to become Uganda’s main cash crop and is now the second-highest foreign exchange earner for the African nation.

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