KENYA TEA INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS FOR JANUARY 2018
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%|
|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%|
|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%|
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.
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 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|
|SAUDI ARABIA||265,850||405,736||– 139,886||-34%|
|SRI LANKA||48,000||125,480||– 77,480||-62%|