Uganda’s coffee export volumes surged by 22 per cent in 2020 compared to the previous year.
The growth has been revealed in the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) monthly report of December 2020. The figures for 2020 indicates that exports for the calendar year January 2020 to December 2020 totalled to 5,492,525 bags worth $515.94 million (approximately Shs 1.902 trillion), compared to 4,519,563 bags worth $436.54 million equivalent to Shs1.610 trillion the previous year.
This represents a 22 per cent and 18 per cent increase in quantity and value respectively. With regard to the month of December 2020 coffee exports amounted to 422,922 60 kilo bags worth $37.78m (approximately Shs 139.202 billion) in December 2020.
This can be broken down into 375,209 bags ($30.87m) of Robusta & 47,713 bags ($6.92m) of Arabica, recording an increase of 28.06 per cent & 9.42 per cent in quantity and value respectively compared to the same month last year. Robusta exports accounted for 88.72 per cent of total exports higher than 86.50 per cent in November 2020.
The average Robusta price was $1.37 per kilo, the same as the previous month. Arabica fetched an average price of $2.42 per kilo, 20 cents higher than in November 2020. The highest price was for Organic Bugisu sold at $2.94 per kilo, followed by Organic Wugar sold at $2.78 per kilo.
In terms of leading coffee exporters, Ugacof (U) Ltd led the highest market share with 18.90 per cent, followed by Kyagalanyi Coffee Ltd 9.84 per cent, Louis Dreyfus Company (U) Ltd 9.78 per cent, Ideal Quality Commodities Ltd 8.54 per cent Olam Uganda Limited 5.81 per cent, Kawacom (U) Ltd 5.05 per cent, Export Trading Company (U)Ltd 4.49 per cent and Grainpilse Ltd 4.36 per cent.
On export destinations, Italy maintained its top spot among countries with a high affinity for Ugandan coffee, Italy maintained the highest appetite with 24.07 per cent followed by Germany 17.68 per cent, Sudan 13.05 per cent, Belgium 10.34 per cent and India 6.96 per cent.
Coffee exports to Africa amounted to 84,098 bags, a market share of 19.88 per cent compared to 97,418 bags (22.64 per cent) the previous month. African countries that consume Uganda's coffee the most are Sudan, Morocco, Kenya, Algeria, Egypt, South Africa and South Sudan. Europe remained the main destination for Uganda’s coffees with a 63 per cent imports share.