MARCH 2018

KENYA TEA INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS FOR

MARCH  2018

PRODUCTION

Tea production for the month of March 2018 decreased marginally to 30.98 Million Kgs compared to 32.49 Million Kgs recorded during the corresponding month of 2017. Lower production was largely attributed to drier weather conditions experienced in all the tea growing areas during the period up to mid-march. The most affected region was the West of Rift where production declined from 24.64 Million Kgs to 20.68 Million Kgs owing to delayed onset of the “Long-rains” season. Production within the East of Rift increased marginally from 9.85 Million Kgs recorded in March 2017 to 10.29 Million Kgs. Consequently, the Plantation sub-sector recorded a decreased tea output of 2.54 Million Kgs from 15.44 Million Kgs to 12.90 Million Kgs while the Smallholder sub-sector registered a marginal drop of 0.96 Million Kgs from 19.05 Million Kgs recorded in March 2017 to 18.08 Million Kgs.

Cumulative production for the first quarter (Jan-March) of the year was significantly high at 99.76 Million Kgs against 90.09 Million Kgs recorded during the corresponding period of 2017. Lower production the year to-date was attributed to good weather conditions as opposed to severe drought recorded in the same period of last year.

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

Sector Region March 2018 March 2017 Variance Var.(%) Jan – Mar 2018 Jan – Mar 2017 Variance +/- Var.(%)
Plantation West of Rift   12,072,833   14,512,946 – 2,440,113 -16.81%        38,982,198        33,838,336      5,143,862 15.20%
East of Rift        827,870        931,015 –    103,145 -11.08%          2,947,170          3,813,831 –      866,661 -22.72%
Total   12,900,703   15,443,961 – 2,543,258 -16.47%        41,929,368        37,652,167      4,277,201 11.36%
Smallholder West of Rift     8,614,876   10,135,463 – 1,520,587 -15.00%        26,843,997        21,754,329      5,089,668 23.40%
East of Rift     9,471,247     8,919,052      552,195 6.19%        30,987,002        30,687,625         299,377 0.98%
Total   18,086,123   19,054,515 –    968,392 -5.08%        57,830,999        52,441,954      5,389,045 10.28%
   
Plantation & West of Rift   20,687,709   24,648,409 – 3,960,700 -16.07%        65,826,195        55,592,665    10,233,530 18.41%
Smallholder East of Rift   10,299,117     9,850,067      449,050 4.56%        33,934,172        34,501,456 –      567,284 -1.64%
Total   30,986,826   34,498,476 – 3,511,650 -10.18%        99,760,367        90,094,121      9,666,246 10.73%

TEA SALES

AUCTION

 

During the month, 23.15 Million kgs of Kenyan tea was sold through Mombasa Auction against 19.56 Million kgs recorded in March 2017. The average tea auction prices for Kenyan tea for the month of March 2018 was USD 2.81 per Kg which was lower compared to 2.92 recorded in March 2017.

The Average Auction price for the period January- March 2018 was also lower at USD 2.91 per Kg compared to 3.01 per kg for the same period of last year. Lower prices to-date this year was attribuited to increased supply.

EXPORTS

The total export volume for the month of March 2018 was 35.80 Million Kgs compared to 35.04 Million Kgs recorded same period of last year, representing a 2% increase. During the month, Kenya tea was shipped to fifty six(56) export destinations compared to forty one (41) destinations for the same period of last year. Amongst these markets, Pakistan was the leading export destination for Kenyan tea having imported 12.85 Million Kgs, accounting for 36% of the total export volume. Other key export destinations for Kenyan tea were UAE (3.78 Million Kgs), Ukraine (3.20 Million Kgs), Egypt (3.08 Million Kgs), Sudan (1.95 Million Kgs), Russia (1.66 Million Kgs), Yemen (1.40 Million Kgs), EPZ (1.12 Million Kgs), Nigeria (0.70 Million kgs) and Kazakhastan (0.69 Million Kgs). The ten export destinations, most of which which are traditional markets for Kenyan tea accounted for 85% of Kenya tea export volume. Three new market destinations of Ukraine, EPZ and Nigeria were among the top ten destinations. Amongst the markets that recorded higher tea imports from Kenya included Pakistan, UAE, Sudan, Russia, Nigeria, EPZ and Ukraine.

Amongst the emerging markets that recorded significantly higher tea imports from Kenya included Afghanistan, Somalia, Turkey, Iran, Malaysia, Chad, Italy and Singapore.

The total export volume for the period January-March 2018 was 136.18 Million Kgs compared to 119.72 Million Kgs recorded same period of last year.

The exports for the month of February together with the two months cumulative are attached herewith.

LOCAL CONSUMPTION

 

Local tea consumption for March 2018 stood at 3.01 Million Kgs against 2.18 Million Kgs for the corresponding period of 2017 while cumulative tea consumption for the first three months period upto March 2018 was at par with 2017 standing at 7.08 Million Kgs

26TH APRIL, 2018

 

 Table 3: Kenya Tea Exports by Destination (Feb  2018 vis-à-vis Feb  2017)

 

DESTINATION  2018 QUANTITY (KGS)  2017 QUANTITY (KGS) QUANTITY DIFF %AGE VARIANCE
PAKISTAN                       20,548,957                       14,138,195         6,410,763 45%
EGYPT                         6,104,847                         7,517,849 –       1,413,002 -19%
UK                         5,760,083                         4,165,701         1,594,382 38%
UAE                         4,210,563                         2,014,230         2,196,334 109%
SUDAN                         1,601,130                         1,317,696             283,434 22%
RUSSIA                         1,567,603                         1,871,269 –          303,666 -16%
YEMEN                         1,396,431                         1,168,868             227,563 19%
AFGHANISTAN                            767,296                            390,190             377,106 97%
EPZ                            572,326                                        –             572,326 0%
IRAN                            530,670                            204,720             325,950 159%
KAZAKHSTAN                            497,817                            781,458 –          283,641 -36%
SOMALIA                            477,451                            170,072             307,379 181%
TURKEY                            436,564                            359,458               77,106 21%
IRELAND                            369,070                            386,779 –             17,709 -5%
SAUDI ARABIA                            336,076                            530,416 –          194,340 -37%
POLAND                            271,680                            614,576 –          342,896 -56%
INDIA                            266,763                            463,091 –          196,328 -42%
CHILE                            251,972                               39,080             212,892 545%
USA                            248,363                            491,760 –          243,397 -49%
SWITZERLAND                            235,954                            292,100 –             56,146 -19%
NIGERIA                            212,532                            273,863 –             61,331 -22%
UZBEKSTAN                            210,600                                        –             210,600 0%
JORDAN                            198,000                            326,500 –          128,500 -39%
INDONESIA                            171,380                            157,474               13,906 9%
UKRAINE                            123,981                            146,511 –             22,530 -15%
BRAZIL                            100,500                                        –             100,500 0%
GERMANY                               80,126                               92,820 –             12,694 -14%
NETHERLANDS                               74,832                            347,979 –          273,147 -78%
CANADA                               59,780                            105,800 –             46,020 -43%
SOUTH AFRICA                               53,025                               28,041               24,984 89%
CHAD                               43,966                               22,100               21,866 99%
CHINA                               40,250                               57,820 –             17,570 -30%
SOUTH  SUDAN                               29,335                                        –               29,335 0%
VIETNAM                               26,480                                        –               26,480 0%
JAPAN                               25,146                               86,850 –             61,704 -71%
GHANA                               24,840                                        –               24,840 0%
GRENANDA                               24,830                                        –               24,830 0%
MAURITIUS                               22,995                               81,000 –             58,005 -72%
AZERBAIJAN                               21,763                                        –               21,763 0%
SRI LANKA                               16,995                            119,492 –          102,497 -86%
MALAYSIA                               16,900                               27,200 –             10,300 -38%
TANZANIA                               16,250                                        –               16,250 0%
SINGAPORE                               14,240                                 6,720                 7,520 112%
HONG KONG                               12,634                               19,352 –               6,718 -35%
GUINEA                                 5,472                                        –                 5,472 0%
UGANDA                                 5,151                                        –                 5,151 0%
GREECE                                 3,810                                 7,476 –               3,666 -49%
ITALY                                 2,300                                        –                 2,300 0%
LIBERIA                                       90                                        –                       90 0%
KOREA REPUBLIC                                       68                                        –                       68 0%
AUSTRALIA                                       32                                        –                       32 0%
FRANCE                                       18                                        –                       18 0%
MALI                                         3                                        –                         3 0%
OMAN                                        –                               71,796 –             71,796 0%
KYRGYZSTAN                               25,256 –             25,256 -100%
ISRAEL                               24,000 –             24,000 -100%
TOTAL                       48,089,940                       38,945,557         9,144,383 23%

 

Table 3: Kenya Tea Exports by Destination (Jan- Feb 2018 vis-à-vis Jan- Feb 2017)

 

DESTINATION  2018 -QUANTITY (KGS)  2017- QUANTITY (KGS) QUANTITY DIFF %AGE VARIANCE
PAKISTAN                                         33,186,577                                    39,035,154 -5,848,577 -15%
EGYPT                                         12,408,964                                12,187,031 221,933 2%
UK                                           8,497,233                                  7,841,475 655,758 8%
UAE                                            6,014,486                                 3,922,483 2,092,003 53%
RUSSIA                                           3,068,957                                  3,861,029 -792,072 -21%
YEMEN                                            2,358,481                                  1,818,408 540,073 30%
SUDAN                                           2,232,989                                 3,417,755 -1,184,766 -35%
AFGHANISTAN                                              1,141,208                                 1,702,182 -560,974 -33%
KAZAKHSTAN                                                 977,715                                  1,317,122 -339,407 -26%
POLAND                                                903,628                                     931,459 -27,831 -3%
SWITZERLAND                                                783,282                                     412,800 370,482 90%
SOMALIA                                                746,630                                     305,272 441,358 145%
IRAN                                                 669,651                                     529,024 140,627 27%
SAUDI ARABIA                                                 601,926                                    936,152 -334,226 -36%
NIGERIA                                                577,380                                     464,463 112,917 24%
EPZ                                                572,338                                                   – 572,338 0%
USA                                                567,429                                     845,310 -277,881 -33%
TURKEY                                                508,756                                        668,501 -159,745 -24%
IRELAND                                                  502,141                                   604,407 -102,266 -17%
JORDAN                                                478,000                                    490,250 -12,250 -2%
JAPAN                                                406,486                                    160,534 245,952 153%
INDONESIA                                                 403,213                                      205,074 198,139 97%
CHILE                                                362,292                                         51,480 310,812 604%
INDIA                                                 279,215                                     697,692 -418,477 -60%
UKRAINE                                                240,796                                     399,487 -158,691 -40%
UZBEKSTAN                                                233,220                                          44,000 189,220 430%
GERMANY                                                  158,016                                        147,020 10,996 7%
NEW ZEALAND                                                 120,968                                         12,800 108,168 845%
BRAZIL                                                 100,500                                                       – 100,500 0%
SOUTH AFRICA                                                   95,505                                            56,041 39,464 70%
CHAD                                                   89,866                                        22,100 67,766 307%
CANADA                                                   87,980                                      133,800 -45,820 -34%
MALAYSIA                                                    83,100                                        78,260 4,840 6%
NETHERLANDS                                                   74,832                                      465,220 -390,388 -84%
OMAN                                                    70,172                                     97,556 -27,384 -28%
SRI LANKA                                                   64,995                                     244,972 -179,977 -73%
HONG KONG                                                   58,634                                       19,352 39,282 203%
CHINA                                                   55,950                                        98,240 -42,290 -43%
DJIBOUTI                                                   48,000                                       75,716 -27,716 -37%
SOUTH  SUDAN                                                   29,335                                                     – 29,335 0%
VIETNAM                                                   26,480                                                  – 26,480 0%
GHANA                                                   24,840                                                 – 24,840 0%
GRENANDA                                                   24,830                                                  – 24,830 0%
MAURITIUS                                                   22,995                                       81,000 -58,005 -72%
AZERBAIJAN                                                    21,763                                                  – 21,763 0%
TANZANIA                                                    16,250                                                 – 16,250 0%
SINGAPORE                                                    14,240                                         9,020 5,220 58%
TAIWAN                                                       7,140                                       66,750 -59,610 -89%
GUINEA                                                      5,472                                                   – 5,472 0%
UGANDA                                                        5,151                                                     – 5,151 0%
GREECE                                                       3,810                                          7,476 -3,666 -49%
SEYCHELLES                                                      3,360                                                 – 3,360 0%
ITALY                                                      2,300                                                  – 2,300 0%
LIBERIA                                                             90                                                   – 90 0%
KOREA REPUBLIC                                                             68                                                  – 68 0%
AUSTRALIA                                                             32                                                       – 32 0%
FRANCE                                                              18                                                  – 18 0%
MALI                                                                3                                                 – 3 0%
BANGLADESH                                                               –                                        80,300 -80,300 0%
ISRAEL                                                               –                                      50,000 -50,000 0%
KYRGYZSTAN                                                               –                                       51,156 -51,156 0%
MACAO                                                               –                                        5,000 -5,000 0%
MYAMAR                                                               –                                       28,000 -28,000 0%
TOTAL                       80,039,688                       84,678,323 -4,638,635 -5%

Table 4: Kenya Tea Exports by Destination (March 2018 vis-à-vis March 2017)

DESTINATION 2018 – QUANTITY KGS 2017 – QUANTITY KGS QUANTITY DIFF %AGE VARIANCE
PAKISTAN               12,857,238              11,254,228      1,603,011 14%
UAE                 3,789,953                2,319,669      1,470,284 63%
UKRAINE                 3,200,030                3,175,212           24,818 1%
EGYPT                 3,087,383                5,875,190     (2,787,807) -47%
SUDAN                 1,956,436                    77,480      1,878,956 2425%
RUSSIA                 1,660,016                1,527,114         132,902 9%
YEMEN                 1,403,449                1,657,142        (253,693) -15%
EPZ                 1,123,197                           –      1,123,197 0%
NIGERIA                   701,581                   190,580         511,001 268%
KAZAKHSTAN                   699,611                   922,677        (223,066) -24%
AFGHANISTAN                   660,108                    40,960         619,148 1512%
SOMALIA                   621,171                   133,604         487,567 365%
SWITZERLAND                   370,904                           –         370,904 0%
TURKEY                   370,246                    25,956         344,290 1326%
POLAND                   306,806                   504,787        (197,981) -39%
SAUDI ARABIA                   302,944                   639,970        (337,026) -53%
IRAN                   286,164                   198,276           87,888 44%
USA                   247,808                   653,378        (405,570) -62%
JORDAN                   198,000                   409,750        (211,750) -52%
INDIA                   197,656                   333,469        (135,813) -41%
IRELAND                   189,953                   369,625        (179,672) -49%
CHILE                   181,228                   328,500        (147,272) -45%
UKRAINE                   160,491                   117,720           42,771 36%
INDONESIA                   149,876                   173,588          (23,712) -14%
CHINA                   134,444                   486,700        (352,256) -72%
SOUTH AFRICA                   120,698                   121,460              (762) -1%
MALAYSIA                   102,368                    78,724           23,644 30%
GHANA                     75,600                           –           75,600 0%
SRI LANKA                     74,128                2,478,249     (2,404,121) -97%
UZBEKSTAN                     71,776                   166,276          (94,500) -57%
NETHERLANDS                     68,400                   173,397        (104,997) -61%
JAPAN                     66,525                    86,884          (20,359) -23%
CHAD                     64,235                    24,000           40,235 168%
CANADA                     48,541                    47,960               581 1%
DJIBOUTI                     48,000                           –           48,000 0%
GERMANY                     31,468                    85,274          (53,806) -63%
VIETNAM                     27,888                           –           27,888 0%
BANGLADESH                     27,562                           –           27,562 0%
SOUTH  SUDAN                     26,210                   140,000        (113,790) -81%
SINGAPORE                     22,288                    13,960             8,328 60%
TANZANIA                     16,487                           –           16,487 0%
ITALY                     13,350                      2,070           11,280 545%
NEW ZEALAND                     12,800                    12,800                  – 0%
LITHUANIA                       7,500                           –             7,500 0%
HONG KONG                       5,042                    20,441          (15,399) -75%
BRAZIL                       4,980                           –             4,980 0%
OMAN                       4,200                           –             4,200 0%
ISRAEL                       4,074                           –             4,074 0%
MYANMAR(BURMA)                       1,832                           –             1,832 0%
UGANDA                       1,531                           –             1,531 0%
TAIWAN                          144                           –               144 0%
KOREA REPUBLIC                          112                           –               112 0%
RWANDA                             6                           –                   6 0%
ERITREA                            –                   130,000        (130,000) 0%
AZERBAIJAN                            –                    45,000          (45,000) 0%
GREECE                            –                      7,200            (7,200) 0%
CHEC REPUBLIC                            –                         185              (185) 0%
OTHERS                       1,280                           –             1,280 0%
GRAND TOTAL               35,805,718              35,049,454         756,264 2%

Table 5: Kenya Tea Exports by Destination (Jan- March 2018 vis-à-vis Jan- March 2017)

DESTINATION 2018 – QUANTITY KGS 2017 – QUANTITY KGS QUANTITY DIFF %AGE VARIANCE
PAKISTAN                          54,938,651                        50,289,382            4,649,269 9%
EGYPT                          15,736,730                          18,062,221           (2,325,491) -13%
UK                           13,752,391                           11,016,687            2,735,704 25%
UAE                          10,656,442                            6,242,152             4,414,290 71%
SUDAN                            5,598,029                           5,896,004              (297,975) -5%
EPZ                             5,496,127                                              –             5,496,127 0%
RUSSIAN                             5,416,922                            5,388,143                   28,779 1%
YEMEN                            3,774,058                           3,475,550                298,508 9%
AFGHANISTAN                            2,065,300                             1,743,142                 322,158 18%
KAZAKHSTAN                              1,902,102                           2,239,799              (337,697) -15%
IRAN                             1,658,668                               727,300                 931,368 128%
POLAND                             1,476,736                            1,436,246                   40,490 3%
SOMALIA                             1,398,895                               438,876                 960,019 219%
NIGERIA                             1,342,457                               655,043                 687,414 105%
TURKEY                              1,130,979                               694,457                436,522 63%
SAUDI ARABIA                             1,092,370                             1,576,122              (483,752) -31%
SWITZERLAND                               1,011,768                               490,280                 521,488 106%
IRELAND                                  804,171                               974,032                (169,861) -17%
USA                                 718,940                            1,498,688              (779,748) -52%
INDIA                                677,427                               1,031,161              (353,734) -34%
JORDAN                                 676,081                               900,000               (223,919) -25%
CHILE                                629,730                               379,980                249,750 66%
INDONESIA                                525,636                               378,662                 146,974 39%
JAPAN                                477,807                                247,418                230,389 93%
UKRAINE                                330,948                                517,207               (186,259) -36%
CHINA                                 312,474                               584,940              (272,466) -47%
MALAYSIA                                 306,016                                156,984                 149,032 95%
UZBEKSTAN                                282,376                                210,276                    72,100 34%
GERMANY                                236,824                               232,294                      4,530 2%
CANADA                                 207,201                                 181,760                    25,441 14%
SOUTH AFRICA                                 187,723                                 196,041                     (8,318) -4%
NETHERLANDS                                 186,432                                638,617               (452,185) -71%
SRI LANKA                                  139,201                               366,432               (227,231) -62%
DJIBOUTI                                 126,600                                   75,716                   50,884 67%
CHAD                                 124,575                                   46,100                   78,475 170%
SOUTH  SUDAN                                  110,754                                              –                  110,754 0%
BRAZIL                                 105,480                                              –                 105,480 0%
GHANA                                 100,440                                              –                 100,440 0%
TAIWAN                                   67,034                                  66,750                           284 0%
SINGAPORE                                    61,468                                  22,980                   38,488 167%
VIETNAM                                   54,368                                              –                   54,368 0%
TANZANIA                                   48,522                                              –                   48,522 0%
AZERBAIJAN                                   42,442                                  45,000                    (2,558) -6%
BANGLADESH                                   27,562                                  80,300                 (52,738) -66%
GRENADA                                   24,830                                              –                   24,830 0%
KRYGYSTAN                                     23,141                                    51,156                  (28,015) -55%
MAURITIUS                                   22,995                                   81,000                 (58,005) -72%
HONG KONG                                   22,250                                  39,793                  (17,543) -44%
ITALY                                     18,510                                     2,070                    16,440 794%
NEW ZEALAND                                    12,800                                  25,600                  (12,800) -50%
LITHUANIA                                      7,500                                              –                      7,500 0%
UGANDA                                      6,682                                              –                      6,682 0%
GUINEA                                      5,472                                              –                      5,472 0%
CZECH.REPUBLIC                                      4,503                                           185                       4,318 2334%
OMAN                                      4,200                                  97,556                 (93,356) -96%
ISRAEL                                      4,074                                  50,000                 (45,926) -92%
GREECE                                       3,810                                   14,676                  (10,866) -74%
SEYCHELLES                                      3,360                                              –                      3,360 0%
MYANMAR(BURMA)                                      2,060                                  28,000                 (25,940) -93%
BELGIUM                                       1,500                                              –                       1,500 0%
KOREA REPUBLIC                                            180                                              –                            180 0%
 KAMBODIA(KAMPUCHIA)                                            106                                              –                            106 0%
LIBERIA                                              90                                              –                              90 0%
AUSTRALIA                                              32                                              –                              32 0%
FRANCE                                               18                                              –                               18 0%
RWANDA                                                 6                                              –                                 6 0%
MALI                                                 3                                              –                                 3 0%
ERITREA                                               –                                130,000               (130,000) 0%
MACAO                                               –                                     5,000                    (5,000) 0%
OTHERS                                      4,054                                              –                      4,054 0%
GRAND TOTAL            136,189,033           119,727,778   16,461,255 14%