Tea production for the month of October 2022 was slightly higher by 1.5 Million Kgs from 48.95 Million Kgs recorded in the same month of 2021 to 50.46 Million Kgs. Compared to the preceding months of the year, production for the month of October was also much more enhanced from 38.19 Million Kgs recorded in September and 35.89 Million Kgs recorded in August. Improved production for the month follows the commencement of “Short Rains” Season (October-November-December) subsequent to dry weather conditions recorded during the previous months. Unlike the previous year, the onset of the “Short Rains” season in October 2022 was prompt over most parts of the country especially in the highlands West of the Rift Valley, Central and South Rift Valley, and the Lake Victoria. In tea growing areas, the rainfall amounts received ranged from low to moderate depending on the region. In the West of the Rift Valley, tea growing areas within Kericho experienced moderate rainfall averaging 25mm to 59 mm daily while the precipitation amounts in the rest of the regions was low (Nandi-6mm to 48 mm; Bomet-3mm to 32 mm; Kisii/Nyamira less than 29mm). Within the East of Rift, most of the tea growing areas received low rainfall averaging less than 9mm daily coupled with alternate dry weather conditions.
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