Tea production for the month of September 2022 dropped by 4.98 Million Kgs from 43.18 Million Kgs recorded in the same month last year to 38.19 Million Kgs. However, production for the month was much more enhanced compared to 35.89 Million Kgs recorded in August and 33.85 Million Kgs in July this year.
Lower production compared to the same period of last year follows sunny and dry weather conditions experienced in most parts of the country with exception of several areas in the Highlands West of the Rift Valley (Trans Nzoia, Nandi, Kericho, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo-Marakwet, West Pokot, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma, Kisii, and Nyamira counties) and the Central and South Rift Valley (Nakuru and Bomet counties), which received near-to-above average rainfall. In the West of the Rift Valley, tea growing areas within Kericho experienced moderate rainfall amounts averaging 30 mm to 109 mm daily while in Nandi, rainfall ranged from 32 mm to 70 mm daily.
Tea growing areas within Bomet, Nyamira and Kisii experienced lower rainfall of less than 30 mm daily. Since the rainfall received within tea growing areas in the West of Rift Valley was either low or moderate, production within the region registered a drop of about 2.77 Million Kgs from 28.66 Million Kgs recorded during the corresponding month of 2021 to 25.88 Million Kgs. Similarly, owing to dry weather conditions within the East of the Rift, production was lower by about 2.21 Million Kgs from 14.52 Million Kgs recorded during the corresponding month of 2021 to 12.31 Million Kgs. Consequent to dry weather conditions in the East of Rift and lower rainfall in some parts of the West of Rift (Bomet, Nyamira and Kisii) where the smallholder sub-sector.