KENYA TEA INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS FOR FEBRUARY 2018
Tea production for the month of February 2018 was 27.93 Million Kgs, against 22.60 Million Kgs recorded during the corresponding month of 2017. The increase in production was largely attributed to scattered precipitation which was experienced in the West of Rift following which the region’s output rose from 12.23 Million Kgs to 18.65 Million Kgs. Consequently, good production was recorded within estate sub-sector with output increasing from 8.88 Million Kgs to 12.01 Million Kgs. However, owing to drier weather conditions coupled with with less rainfall, the output within the east of Rift dropped marginally from 10.37 Million Kgs recorded in February 2017 to 9.28 Million Kgs. Similary, production within the small-holder sub-sector increased marginally from 13.71 Million Kgs to 15.92 Million Kgs.
Cumulative production for the two months period of the year was higher by 23.70% to stand at 68.77 Million Kgs against 55.59 Million Kgs recorded during the corresponding period of 2017.
Table 1: Tea Production by Sub-Sector and Region (2018 vis-à-vis 2017)
|Sector||Region||February 2018||February 2017||Variance||Var.(%)||Jan – Feb 2018||Jan – Feb 2017||Variance +/-||Var.(%)|
|Plantation||West of Rift||11,192,827||7,650,200||3,542,627||46.31%||26,909,365||19,325,390||7,583,975||39.24%|
|East of Rift||820,994||1,238,180||– 417,186||-33.69%||2,119,300||2,882,816||– 763,516||-26.49%|
|Smallholder||West of Rift||7,462,185||4,580,447||2,881,738||62.91%||18,229,121||11,618,866||6,610,255||56.89%|
|East of Rift||8,463,119||9,136,121||– 673,002||-7.37%||21,515,755||21,768,573||-252,818||-1.16%|
|Plantation &||West of Rift||18,655,012||12,230,647||6,424,365||52.53%||45,138,486||30,944,256||14,194,230||45.87%|
|Smallholder||East of Rift||9,284,113||10,374,301||-1,090,188||-10.51%||23,635,055||24,651,389||– 1,016,334||-4.12%|
During the month of February 2018, 20.41 Million kgs of Kenyan tea was sold through Mombasa Auction against 20.21 Million kgs recorded in February 2017. The average tea auction prices for Kenyan tea for the month was lower at USD 2.98 per Kg against 3.06 for the corresponding period of last year.
The Average Auction price for the period January- February was lower at USD 2.97 per Kg compared to 3.06 per kg for the same period of last year.
The exports for the month of February together with the two months cumulative will be released later.
Local tea consumption for February 2018 stood at 1.67 Million Kgs against 2.21 Million Kgs for the corresponding period of 2017 while cumulative tea consumption for the two months period upto February 2018 was 4.07 Million Kgs against 4.89 Million Kgs for the same period of 2017.
23RD MARCH 2018