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Uganda Coffee Output Down Thus Far in 2012-13 Season

Coffee shipments from Uganda, Africa’s second largest producer, are significantly down over the first three months of the country’s 2012-13 season after a disappointing December.

According to sources in a recent Bloomberg report, heavy rains last month affecting ripening and delayed some drying of Uganda coffee, decreasing its output by more than 1,500 bags in December. Here’s more from the Bloomberg report:

Uganda’s coffee exports in the first three months of the 2012-13 season dropped to 641,828 bags from 684,443 bags a year earlier, according to a tally of the authority figures by Bloomberg News.

The country’s export earnings from the crop dropped to $392.75 million last season from $448.89 million earned from 3.15 million bags a year earlier, according to the UCDA.

The East African nation, the continent’s biggest grower of the beans after Ethiopia, consumes about 3 percent of its annual crop, according to the Eastern Africa Fine Coffee Association.

The full story: Bloomberg

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