Unpredictable weather change in Uganda are taking a toll on coffee, the country’s leading export earner as both value and volume has declined according to local media reported.
A report by the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) released in September indicate that in the twelfth month in the calendar, the country exported 3.3 million kilogram bags down from 3.4 million exported last year.
“Out of what was exported, the country earned $326 million down from $410 million earned the previous year.” the report reads.
Industrial experts quoted by the Daily Monitor Newspaper attribute this poor performance to majorly climate change and a slight drop in the global prices.
“Recent changes in weather patterns have brought a setback in coffee production especially in areas of greater Masaka, Mubende and Mityana districts well known for huge production,” Gerald Katabazi, a coffee grower and processor of Volcano Coffee said.