August 5, 2011 / 12:52 PM / 8 years ago

UPDATE 2-Uganda lifts 2010/2011 coffee export forecast

* Better than expected harvests behind revision

* Parts of east Africa ravaged by drought (Adds coffee year exports, details)

By Elias Biryabarema

KAMPALA, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Uganda, one of Africa’s leading exporters of coffee, lifted its coffee export forecast to 2.8 million 60 kg bags for 2010-2011 on expectations for good harvests, just months after scaling down its estimate owing to a drought.

Exports of the beans rose in July compared with the same month last year after good harvests in the southwestern part of the country, the state-run Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) said on Friday.

“The crop from southwestern Uganda has been excellent, and we evaluated the forecast that we gave in April again, and we now think we’ll be able to export about 2.8 million bags in this year,” said David Kiwanuka, a spokesman for UCDA.

The UCDA had in April cut the forecast to 2.67 million 60 kg bags for the year October 2010-September 2011 from a previous estimate of 3.1 million bags, citing the drought ravaging parts of the east and Horn of Africa region.

Uganda exported 375,843 60-kilogram bags of coffee in July, up from 266,245 bags in the same month last year, a source at UCDA said. The agency had initially forecast the country would export 320,000 bags in July. (Editing by James Macharia and Jane Baird)

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