Tea production for the month of August 2022 increased marginally to 35.89 Million Kgs from 33.63 Million Kgs recorded in the same month last year and 33.85 Million Kgs in July this year. Improved production follows moderate rainfall recorded over the Highlands West of the Rift Valley, the Central and South Rift Valley and the Highlands East of the Rift Valley whose amounts was near to above average compared with their August monthly Long Term Means. During the month of August, Moderate rainfall was experienced alongside warm temperatures following the cessation of the cold weather conditions in July.
In the West of the Rift Valley, tea growing areas of Kericho experienced moderate rainfall amounts averaging 37.5 mm to 80 mm daily while in Nandi, rainfall raged from 33 mm to 67.5 mm daily. Tea growing areas within Bomet, Nyamira and Kisii experienced rainfall of between 22 mm to 40 mm daily. However, in tea growing areas within the East of Rift, rainfall was much lower and raged between 2 to 16 mm daily Embu/Meru; 2-21 mm in Nyeri/Kirinyaga; and 2-21mm in Kiambu/Muranga.