Uganda de­lays coffee-pro­duc­tion goal

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KAMPALA, Uganda — Africa’s top coffee ex­porter pushed back a tar­get of in­creas­ing an­nual out­put five­fold this decade be­cause it has taken longer than thought to in­tro­duce pro­grams needed to raise pro­duc­tion.

Uganda now ex­pects to reach a tar­get of 20 mil­lion 132-pound bags a year by 2030 in­stead of 2020, ac­cord­ing to the Agri­cul­ture Min­istry. Pro­grams re­lated to bet­ter plant­ings and ir­ri­ga­tion as well as the ap­pli­ca­tion of fer­til­iz­ers started later than ex­pected, it said. An­nual out­put cur­rently to­tals about 4 mil­lion bags.

“We dis­cov­ered that 2020 is too close, but the dream is on to ul­ti­mately achieve 20 mil­lion bags,” Christo­pher Kibazanga, min­is­ter of state for agri­cul­ture, said Tues­day in an in­ter­view in the cap­i­tal, Kampala.

The na­tion plans to dou­ble pro­duc­tion to 8 mil­lion bags by 2020, Em­manuel Iya­mule­mye, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the Uganda Coffee Development Au­thor­ity, said in a sep­a­rate in­ter­view.

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