MAY 2018

KENYA TEA INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS FOR MAY 2018

PRODUCTION

Tea production for the month of May 2018 was 43.35 Million Kgs, against 38.82 Million Kgs recorded during the corresponding month of 2017. The increase in production was largely attributed to the continued heavy rainfall in tea growing areas in the West of Rift following which the output within the region rose from 22.64 Million Kgs to 28.03 Million Kgs. Consequently, good production was recorded within Plantation sub-sector with output increasing from 15.23 Million Kgs to 18.11 Million Kgs. The output within the East of Rift decreased from 16.17 Million Kgs recorded in May 2017 to 15.32 Million Kgs owing to significant decline in rainfall compared to the same period of last year. However, production within the Smallholder sub-sector increased marginally from 23.58 Million Kgs to 25.23 Million Kgs as the sub-sector’s production from the West of Rift was higher.

Cumulative production for the period January-May 2018 was significantly higher by 17% to stand at 187.69 Million Kgs against 160.37 Million Kgs recorded during the corresponding period of 2017 owing to good weather conditions.

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

Sector Region May  2017 May 2016 Variance Var.(%) Jan – May 2017 Jan – May 2016 Variance +/- Var.(%)
Plantation West of Rift       16,720,598    13,898,862    2,821,736 20.30%       70,615,942     60,820,657     9,795,285 16.11%
East of Rift          1,397,931       1,338,547         59,384 4.44%        5,858,362        5,996,236 – 137,874 -2.30%
Total       18,118,529     15,237,409      2,881,120 18.91%          76,474,304           66,816,893        9,657,411 14.45%
Smallholder West of Rift      11,309,403      8,746,016  2,563,387 29.31%       49,461,037     39,063,133  10,397,904 26.62%
East of Rift      13,927,860    14,838,821 –  910,961 -6.14%                      61,760,697                     54,494,799                7,265,898 13.33%
Total     25,237,263     23,584,837     1,652,426 7.01%           111,221,734          93,557,932     17,663,802 18.88%
Plantation & West of Rift              28,030,001             22,644,878             5,385,123 23.78%                   120,076,979                     99,883,790               20,193,189 20.22%
Smallholder East of Rift               15,325,791               16,177,368 –  851,577 -5.26%                      67,619,059                      60,491,035                 7,128,024 11.78%
Total     43,355,792     38,822,246     4,533,546 11.68%         187,696,038         160,374,825      27,321,213 17.04%

 

TEA SALES

AUCTION

During the month of May 2018, 30.83 Million kgs of Kenyan tea was sold through Mombasa Auction against 30.84 Million kgs recorded in May 2017. The average tea auction prices for Kenyan tea for the month of May 2018 was lower at USD 2.61 per Kg against 2.95 for the corresponding period of last year owing to enhanced supply.

Cumulative average price for first five months of 2018 was also lower at USD 2.80 per Kg compared to USD 2.97 for the corresponding period of 2017.

 

EXPORTS

The total export volume for the month of April 2018 was 36.73 Million Kgs compared to 26.75 Million Kgs recorded same period of last year, representing a 37% increase. During the month, Kenya tea was shipped to fifty six(56) export destinations compared to thirty nine (39) destinations for the same period of last year. Amongst these markets, Pakistan was the leading export destination for Kenyan tea having imported 12.40 Million Kgs, accounting for 34% of the total export volume. Other key export destinations for Kenyan tea were UK (4.80 Million Kgs), Egypt (3.05 Million Kgs), UAE (2.36 Million Kgs), Sudan (1.65 Million Kgs), Yemen (1.40 Million Kgs), Russia (1.35 Million Kgs), Poland (1.14 Million kgs) Kazakhastan (0.59 Million Kgs) and Nigeria (0.59 million Kgs). The ten export destinations, most of which which are traditional markets for Kenyan tea accounted for 80% of Kenya tea export volume. 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 Turkey, Somalia, Indonesia, Canada, Djibouti, Germany, and Ukraine.

The total export volume for the period January-April 2018 was 152.54 Million Kgs compared to 146.48 Million Kgs recorded same period of last year.

It has been observed that, there has been an increase in the amount of teas being exported through the EPZ currently standing at 4,819,325 Kgs.

 

 

 

 

LOCAL CONSUMPTION

Local tea consumption for May 2018 stood at 3.19 Million Kgs against 3.08 Million Kgs for the corresponding period of 2017 while cumulative tea consumption for the four months period upto May 2018 stood at 12.74 Million Kgs against 12.36 Million Kgs for the corresponding period of 2017.

 

25th JUNE, 2018

 

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

DESTINATION 2018 -QUANTITY (Kgs) 2017 -QUANTITY (Kgs) QUANTITY DIFF %AGE VARIANCE
 PAKISTAN                    12,403,078                 7,536,626 4,866,453 65%
 U K                       4,800,300          2,264,992 2,535,308 112%
 EGYPT                       3,054,931          3,665,497 -610,566 -17%
 UAE                       2,362,032           499,423 1,862,609 373%
 SUDAN                       1,652,529         2,219,162 -566,633 -26%
 YEMEN                       1,404,488          1,355,900 48,588 4%
 RUSSIA                       1,358,461           1,100,000 258,461 23%
 POLAND                       1,145,576           430,042 715,534 166%
 KAZAKHSTAN                          592,934              395,890 197,044 50%
 NIGERIA                          592,280              336,876 255,404 76%
 SAUDI ARABIA                          397,220                341,750 55,470 16%
 TURKEY                          389,190              144,172 245,018 170%
 AFGHANISTAN                          351,672         2,951,752 -2,600,080 -88%
 IRELAND                          334,422                 270,442 63,980 24%
 SOMALIA                          320,174            198,197 121,977 62%
 USA                          262,186                405,932 -143,746 -35%
 JORDAN                          198,000              322,750 -124,750 -39%
 CHILE                          183,448             135,120 48,328 36%
 INDIA                          162,150                245,543 -83,393 -34%
 INDONESIA                          148,625                92,536 56,089 61%
 JAPAN                          131,440             144,100 -12,660 -9%
 MALAYSIA                          113,066                240,550 -127,484 -53%
 IRAN                          111,941              152,724 -40,783 -27%
 CANADA                          105,018                 42,660 62,358 146%
 SWITZERLAND                          103,637                 130,660 -27,023 -21%
 NETHERLANDS                            91,706              197,730 -106,024 -54%
 ERITREA                            84,004                                – 84,004 0%
 DJIBOUTI                            78,600                  72,278 6,322 9%
 CHAD                            75,264                 94,946 -19,682 -21%
 BANGLADESH                            70,210               80,300 -10,090 -13%
 SRI LANKA                            64,838               71,555 -6,717 -9%
 OMAN                            54,529                   51,642 2,887 6%
 GERMANY                            53,520               47,432 6,088 13%
 UZBEKISTAN                            52,800             64,920 -12,120 -19%
 GHANA                            50,400           138,136 -87,736 -64%
 UKRAINE                            39,450              216,177 -176,727 -82%
 SOUTH  SUDAN                            32,262                                   – 32,262 0%
 HONG KONG                            25,712                23,107 2,605 11%
 GEORGIA                            23,650                                – 23,650 0%
 CHINA                            23,608                                – 23,608 0%
 AZERBAIJAN                            20,943                                – 20,943 0%
 D R CONGO                            16,409                                    – 16,409 0%
 TAIWAN                            15,600                                  – 15,600 0%
 SOUTH AFRICA                            14,182               14,000 182 1%
 NEW ZEALAND                            12,800                                    – 12,800 0%
 TANZANIA                               8,120                                  – 8,120 0%
 MACAO                               7,500                                 – 7,500 0%
 GUINEA                               5,472                                    – 5,472 0%
 BRAZIL                               4,789                                   – 4,789 0%
 NORWAY                                  896                                – 896 0%
 GREECE                                  850                                  – 850 0%
 KOREA REPUBLIC                                  436                                 – 436 0%
 BOTSWANA                                  100                                  – 100 0%
 UGANDA                                    50                                 – 50 0%
 IRAQ                                       2                                – 2 0%
MAURITIUS                                      –                     10,000 -10,000 0%
MYANMAR                                      –                  53,200 -53,200 0%
 EPZ                       3,123,790                               – 3,123,790 0%
 GRAND TOTAL                    36,731,290                    26,758,718 9,972,572 37%

 

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

 

DESTINATION 2018 -QUANTITY (Kgs) 2017 -QUANTITY (Kgs) QUANTITY DIFF %AGE VARIANCE
PAKISTAN                                   58,446,893                                   57,826,008 620,885 1%
EGYPT                                   18,551,278                                   21,727,718 -3,176,440 -15%
UK                                   16,497,563                                   13,281,679 3,215,884 24%
UAE                                   12,166,471                                      6,741,575 5,424,896 80%
RUSSIA                                      6,087,434                                      6,488,143 -400,709 -6%
SUDAN                                      5,841,954                                      8,115,166 -2,273,212 -28%
YEMEN                                      5,166,418                                      4,831,450 334,968 7%
POLAND                                      2,356,010                                      1,866,288 489,722 26%
KAZAKHSTAN                                      2,270,260                                      2,635,689 -365,429 -14%
AFGHANISTAN                                      2,152,988                                      4,694,894 -2,541,906 -54%
NIGERIA                                      1,871,241                                          991,919 879,322 89%
SOMALIA                                      1,687,975                                          637,073 1,050,902 165%
SAUDI ARABIA                                      1,302,090                                      1,917,872 -615,782 -32%
TURKEY                                      1,268,192                                          838,629 429,563 51%
SWITZERLAND                                      1,257,823                                          620,940 636,883 103%
USA                                      1,077,423                                      1,904,620 -827,197 -43%
IRAN                                      1,067,756                                          880,024 187,732 21%
IRELAND                                      1,026,516                                      1,244,474 -217,958 -18%
JORDAN                                          874,000                                      1,222,750 -348,750 -29%
CHILE                                          726,968                                          515,100 211,868 41%
INDONESIA                                          701,714                                          471,198 230,516 49%
INDIA                                          639,021                                      1,276,704 -637,683 -50%
JAPAN                                          604,451                                          391,518 212,933 54%
UKRAINE                                          440,737                                          733,384 -292,647 -40%
UZBEKISTAN                                          357,796                                          275,196 82,600 30%
MALAYSIA                                          298,534                                          397,534 -99,000 -25%
CANADA                                          241,539                                          224,420 17,119 8%
NETHERLANDS                                          234,938                                          836,347 -601,409 -72%
SOUTH AFRICA                                          230,385                                          210,041 20,344 10%
CHAD                                          229,365                                          141,046 88,319 63%
CHINA                                          214,002                                          723,076 -509,074 -70%
GERMANY                                          211,536                                          279,726 -68,190 -24%
SRI LANKA                                          203,961                                          437,987 -234,026 -53%
DJIBOUTI                                          174,600                                          147,994 26,606 18%
GHANA                                          150,840                                                     – 150,840 0%
NEW ZEALAND                                          146,568                                             25,600 120,968 473%
OMAN                                          128,901                                          149,198 -20,297 -14%
BRAZIL                                          110,269                                                    – 110,269 0%
BANGLADESH                                             97,772                                          160,600 -62,828 -39%
HONG KONG                                             89,388                                             62,900 26,488 42%
SOUTH  SUDAN                                             87,807                                                    – 87,807 0%
ERITREA                                             84,004                                          130,000 -45,996 -35%
VIETNAM                                             54,368                                                   – 54,368 0%
AZERBAIJAN                                             42,706                                             45,000 -2,294 -5%
TANZANIA                                             40,857                                                 – 40,857 0%
SINGAPORE                                             36,528                                             22,980 13,548 59%
GRENADA                                             24,830                                                 – 24,830 0%
GEORGIA                                             23,650                                                  – 23,650 0%
MAURITIUS                                             22,995                                             91,000 -68,005 -75%
TAIWAN                                             22,884                                             66,750 -43,866 -66%
D R CONGO                                             16,409                                                  – 16,409 0%
ITALY                                             15,650                                                2,070 13,580 656%
GUINEA                                             10,944                                                 – 10,944 0%
LITHUANIA                                                7,500                                                  – 7,500 0%
MACAO                                                7,500                                                5,000 2,500 50%
UGANDA                                                6,732                                                  – 6,732 0%
GREECE                                                4,660                                             14,676 -10,016 -68%
ISRAEL                                                4,074                                             50,000 -45,926 -92%
SEYCHELLES                                                3,360                                                  – 3,360 0%
MYANMAR(BURMA)                                                1,832                                             81,200 -79,368 -98%
NORWAY                                                     896                                                 – 896 0%
KOREA                                                     616                                                – 616 0%
BOTSWANA                                                     100                                                 – 100 0%
LIBERIA                                                        90                                                 – 90 0%
AUSTRALIA                                                        32                                                 – 32 0%
FRANCE                                                        18                                                 – 18 0%
RWANDA                                                           6                                                   – 6 0%
MALI                                                           3                                                 – 3 0%
IRAQ                                                           2                                                 – 2 0%
CHEC REPUBLIC                                                          –                                            185 -185 -0%
KYRGYZSTAN                                                          –                                             51,156 -51,156 -0%
EPZ                                      4,819,325                                                        –   4,819,325 0%
GRAND TOTAL                                152,543,948                                146,486,497 6,057,451 4%