Tons of coffee are now being airlifted daily from Uganda to Djibouti to be shipped from there to Europe.
Tons of coffee are now being airlifted daily from Uganda to Djibouti to be shipped from there to Europe. It is part of a plan to overcome delays in surface transport in East Africa.
SYNOPSIS: The first consignment arrived just over a week ago. The airlift is expected to take up to 360 tons a day, initially with two flights a day.
The airlift has been arranged by unnamed European coffee merchants, who have bought several thousand tons of Ugandan coffee in Kampala of the basis of it being delivered. Uganda is one of the biggest producers of coffee in the world. But because of strained relations with Kenya and Tanzania, land-locked Uganda is having difficulty transporting her product. Not only is there a shortage of rail wagons and petrol but smuggling has become wide spread.
As a result Uganda hired a United States company, Seaboard World Airlines, to fly the precious commodity out of the country. Coffee is now fetching over 4,000 pounds sterling a ton (6,800 U.S. dollars).