The east African nation expects to export 3.50 million 60-kg
bags in the 2013/14 (Oct-Sept) coffee season, a fraction below
the previous year's 3.58 million bags and has cited low rainfall
as one reason for the lower yield.
"We have to have (coffee) varieties that are adaptable to
climate change," Henry Ngabirano, managing director of the
state-run Uganda coffee development authority (UCDA), told
"Now that we have the effects of climate change being felt, the
research efforts will be able to address this … by say
developing drought tolerant or resistant material or coming up
with varieties that use less water."
British charity Oxfam warned in 2008 that changing weather
patterns in Uganda could leave much of Uganda unsuitable for
growing coffee within 30 years if temperatures rose by 2 degrees
(Reporting by Elias Biryabarema; editing by Richard Lough and
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