Monday, 03 September 2012 20:08
KAMPALA: Uganda's cocoa production is set to rise by 6.1 percent in the I October 2011-September 2012 crop year from the previous year, helped by favourable weather and maturing trees, the state-run Cocoa Development Project (CDP) said on Monday.
The east African country is a small producer compared with big growers such as Ivory Coast, but cocoa is one of Uganda's commodity exports and a source of hard currency.
Last season Uganda earned $44 million from cocoa exports, up from $37 million in the 2009/2010 crop year.
Joseph Kimera, head of CDP, said in an interview that Uganda would produce an estimated 19,000 tonnes of cocoa in the 2011/2012 season, up from 17,900 tonnes in the previous crop year.
"Rains sometimes turned a little erratic, but on the whole they were above average in the cocoa heartlands of central and western Uganda, and these rains were well interspersed with episodes of dry weather," Kimera ...