Uganda’s November coffee exports rose 8.6 percent year on year, regulator Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) said in a report.

Shipments rose to 443,100 60-kg bags from 408,027 bags a year earlier.

Newly planted trees in different parts of the country have been driving a jump in Uganda’s coffee production and exports in recent months.

Uganda is Africa’s largest coffee exporter and the commodity is the East African country’s single largest source of foreign exchange.

November shipments earned $49.4 million, down from $50.4 million a year earlier.

UCDA projected December exports to rise to 440,000 bags from 424,451 bags a year earlier from a main harvest in central and eastern regions which account for around 55 percent of the country’s annual crop.