December 17, 2015 / 9:45 AM / 3 years ago

Uganda coffee exports rise 13 pct in November: UCDA

Hawa Nakawungu, a coffee farmer plucks branches off a tree on her farm near Uganda's capital Kampala in a file photo. REUTERS/Hereward Holland

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda’s coffee exports rose 13.2 percent in November from the same period last year, helped by favourable weather, the state-run Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) said in a report on Thursday.

UCDA said shipments by Africa’s largest coffee exporter increased to 248,921 60-kg bags from 219,948 bags exported in the same month in 2014. Coffee exports are one of Uganda’s largest sources of foreign exchange.

UCDA said there was “steady distribution of rainfall” in some coffee growing areas and that the rains had “facilitated the ripening process of the coffee beans”.

Reporting by Elias Biryabarema; editing by Drazen Jorgic and David Clarke

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