JANUARY 2018

KENYA TEA INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS FOR JANUARY 2018

PRODUCTION

Tea production for the month of January 2018 was 40.83 Million Kgs, against 32.99 Million Kgs recorded during the corresponding month of 2017. Higher production was largely attributed to scattered showers and moderate temperatures that were experienced in the West of Rift particularly in the counties of Kericho; Bomet; Nyamira; Kisii and Nandi. Within the Region, output increased significantly from 18.71 Million Kgs recorded in January  2017 to 26.48 Million Kgs. However, the tea growing areas in the East of Rift recorded only a marginal increase in production from 14.27 Million Kgs to 14.35 Million Kgs.

Consequently, production within the Plantation sub-sector, which is more wide-spread in the West of Rif rose from 13.31 Million Kgs to 17.01 Million Kgs. Marginal increase was recorded within Smallholder sub-sector from 19.67 Million Kgs to 23.81 Million Kgs.

Table 1: Production by Sector and Region (2018 vis-à-vis 2017)

Sector Region January 2018 January 2017 Variance Var.(%)
Plantation West of Rift              15,716,538      11,675,190         4,041,348 34.61%
East of Rift                1,298,306        1,644,635 –          346,329 -21.06%
Total              17,014,844      13,319,825         3,695,019 27.74%
         
Smallholder West of Rift              10,766,936        7,038,419         3,728,517 52.97%
East of Rift              13,052,636      12,632,452            420,184 3.33%
Total              23,819,572      19,670,871         4,148,701 21.09%
           
Plantation & West of Rift              26,483,474      18,713,609         7,769,865 41.52%
Smallholder East of Rift              14,350,942      14,277,087              73,855 0.52%
  Total              40,834,416      32,990,696         7,843,720 23.78%

 

 

 

TEA SALES

AUCTION

During the month, 39.10 Million kgs of Kenyan tea was sold through Mombasa Auction against 32.67 Million kgs recorded in January 2017. Due to higher volume of tea offered for sale, the average auction price was slightly lower at USD 2.96 per Kg compared to 3.05 per kg for the same period of last year.

EXPORTS

The total export volume for the month of January 2018 was 31.94 Million Kgs compared to 45.73 Million Kgs recorded in the same period of last year.

During the month, Kenya tea was shipped to thirty nine (39) export destinations compared to forty two (42) destinations for the same period of last year. Amongst these markets, Pakistan was the leading export destination for Kenyan tea having imported 12.63 Million Kgs, accounting for 40% of the total export volume.

Other key export destinations for Kenyan tea were Egypt (6.30 Million Kgs), UK (2.73 Million Kgs), U.A.E (1.80 Million Kgs), Russia (1.50 Million Kgs) Yemen ( 0.96 Million Kgs), Poland (0.63 Million Kgs), Sudan (0.63 Million Kgs), Switzerland (0.54 Million Kgs) and Kazakhastan (0.47 Million Kgs). The top ten export destinations, most of which are traditional markets for Kenyan tea accounted for 88% of Kenya tea export volume. Amongst the key markets that recorded higher tea imports from Kenya compared to the same period of last year included Egypt, Yemen, Poland and Switzerland.

Significantly higher tea imports from Kenya were also recorded amongst the emerging markets of Nigeria, Jordan, Somalia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Chile, Germany, Oman and South Africa.

 

LOCAL CONSUMPTION

Local tea consumption in January 2018  amounted to 2.40 Million Kgs against 2.67 Million Kgs for the corresponding period of 2017.

 

23RD FEBRUARY, 2018

 

 

Table 2: Kenya Tea Exports by Destination (Jan. 2018 vis-à-vis Jan. 2017)

DESTINATION 2018 – QUANTITY KGS 2017 – QUANTITY KGS QUANTITY DIFF %AGE VARIANCE
PAKISTAN                    12,637,620                    24,896,959 –     12,259,339 -49%
EGYPT                      6,304,117                      4,669,182         1,634,935 35%
UK                      2,737,150                      3,675,774 –          938,624 -26%
UAE                      1,803,923                      1,908,253 –          104,330 -5%
RUSSIA                      1,501,354                      1,989,760 –          488,406 -25%
YEMEN                         962,050                         649,540             312,510 48%
POLAND                         631,948                         316,883             315,065 99%
SUDAN                         631,859                      2,100,059 –       1,468,200 -70%
SWITZERLAND                         547,328                         120,700             426,628 353%
KAZAKSTAN                         479,898                         535,664 –             55,766 -10%
JAPAN                         381,340                            73,684             307,656 418%
AFGHANSTAN                         373,912                      1,311,992 –          938,080 -72%
NIGERIA                         364,848                         190,600             174,248 91%
USA                         319,066                         353,550 –             34,484 -10%
JORDAN                         280,000                         163,750             116,250 71%
SOMALIA                         269,179                         135,200             133,979 99%
SAUDI ARABIA                         265,850                         405,736 –          139,886 -34%
INDONESIA                         231,833                            47,600             184,233 387%
IRAN                         138,981                         324,304 –          185,323 -57%
IRELAND                         133,071                         217,628 –             84,557 -39%
NEW ZEALAND                         120,968                            12,800             108,168 845%
UKRAINE                         116,815                         252,976 –          136,161 -54%
CHILE                         110,320                            12,400               97,920 790%
GERMANY                            77,890                            54,200               23,690 44%
TURKEY                            72,192                         309,043 –          236,851 -77%
OMAN                            70,172                            25,760               44,412 172%
MALAYSIA                            66,200                            51,060               15,140 30%
DJIBOUTI                            48,000                            75,716 –             27,716 -37%
SRI LANKA                            48,000                         125,480 –             77,480 -62%
HONG KONG                            46,000                                     –               46,000 0%
CHAD                            45,900                                     –               45,900 0%
SOUTH AFRICA                            42,480                            28,000               14,480 52%
CANADA                            28,200                            28,000                     200 1%
UZBEKISTAN                            22,620                            44,000 –             21,380 -49%
CHINA                            15,700                            40,420 –             24,720 -61%
INDIA                            12,452                         234,601 –          222,149 -95%
TAIWAN                              7,140                            66,750 –             59,610 -89%
SEYCHELLES                              3,360                                     –                 3,360 0%
EPZ                                    12                                     –                       12 0%
BANGLADESH                                     –                            80,300 –             80,300 0%
ISRAEL                                     –                            26,000 –             26,000 0%
KYRGYSTAN                                     –                            25,900 –             25,900 0%
MACAO                                     –                              5,000 –               5,000 0%
MYANMAR                                     –                            28,000 –             28,000 0%
NETHERLANDS                                     –                         117,241 –          117,241 0%
SINGAPORE                                     –                              2,300 –               2,300 0%
TOTAL                    31,949,748                    45,732,764 –     13,783,016 -30%