Uganda overtook Vietnam to become the second-largest supplier of coffee to Italy, Uganda Coffee Development Authority has said.
The leading coffee exporter to Italy is Brazil.
According to UCDA, Uganda's "coffee exports have increased to their highest level in three decades" in 2021.
"Uganda coffee is now highly sought after globally because of its quality and unique attributes," the Authority said in a statement.
Uganda collected $66.62 million (about Shs238 billion) from exporting 585,576 bags of coffee weighing 60kgs each in September, according to UCDA.
The value of coffee increased in September, with each kilogram trading at an average price of $1.90, 11 cents higher than $1.79 per kilo in August.
"This was an increase of 16% and 50% in quantity & value compared to the same month last year," UCDA said.
According to the Sept. report, 27.75% of the coffee went to Italy, which was the biggest consumer, followed by Germany (12.28), Algeria (11.03), India (10.09), Sudan (9.5), Morocco (6.13), US (5.03), Spain (4.02), Belgium (2.78) and Israel (1.93).
At the continental level, Europe bought 50% of the coffee sold, followed by Africa at 29%, Asia (17%), and the rest went to North America.