Tea production for the month of March 2022 was lower by 2.37 Million Kgs from 48.69 Million Kgs recorded in the same period of 2021 to 46.32 Million Kgs. However, production was higher compared what was recorded during the month of February and January, respectively owing to the onset of the "long-rains" (March-April-May) season in the country during the third and fourth week of March. Lower production for the month of March compared to the same period of last year was attributed to the fact that rainfall received in most parts of the country was occasional and depressed while in other areas, weather conditions were mostly sunny and dry.
In tea growing areas, adverse weather conditions were more prevalent within the East of Rift especially within Kirinyaga, Embu and Meru counties consequent to which there was a drop of 3.09 Million Kgs in output from 18.09 Million Kgs recorded during the corresponding month of 2021 to 14.99 Million Kgs. However, production in the West of Rift was marginally higher by 0.72 Million Kgs from 30.62 Million Kgs recorded durjng the corresponding month of 2021 to 31.32 Million Kgs. This was attributed to moderate precipitation received across tea growing areas in the West of Rift despite the effect of hailstorms recorded in some parts of the region especially within Kericho.