Kenya’s coffee exports to various international market segments decreased by 6.57 percent to 29,309 metric tons as of the end of July in 2017, from 31,370 metric tons in the same period in 2016, officials said on Monday.

Daniel Mbithi, the CEO of Nairobi Coffee Exchange which manages the auction of coffee in Kenya said the drop in volume was caused by prolonged drought that ravaged most parts of the country in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Despite the decrease, coffee prices recorded a 24.52 percent in the period under review.

The prices per 50 kilograms increased by 46.47 U.S. dollars to 236.04 dollars as at the end of July this year, compared to 189.56 dollars the same period last year.

Kenya is known globally for production of fine Arabica with high aroma that fetches premium prices both at local and international markets and used for blending other coffees. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/Newsghana.com.gh