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Kenya Tea Industry Performance Highlights

Kenya Tea Industry Performance Report - 2024 March

Tea production for the month of March 2024 was higher by 23.86 Million Kgs from 30.48 Million Kgs recorded during the same period of last year to 54.34 Million Kgs. The increase in production for the month of March compared to the same month last year was attributable to rainfall received over most parts of the country during the fourth week of the month following the onset of the “Long Rains” season and favourable weather conditions in the month of February. The month of March marks the onset of the March-April-May (MAM) “Long Rains” season in the country. The amount of rainfall recorded in March over several parts of the country was near to below the Long-Term Mean for March. However, unlike this year, the onset of the rains in March last year, was preceded by prolonged and adverse sunny and dry weather conditions in most parts of the tea growing areas coupled with high and above average temperatures which caused intense moisture stress within the tea farms.Owing to good weather conditions in the month of February and March, production in tea growing areas within the West of Rift Block was significantly higher by 15.29 Million Kgs from 20.49 Million Kgs recorded in March 2023 to 35.78 Million Kgs. Similarly, in the East of Rift Block, the output was up by 8.57 Million Kgs from 9.99 Million Kgs to 18.56 Million Kgs. Consequent to good weather conditions both in the West and East of Rift, the Smallholder Sub-sector under the Management of KTDA, recorded significant increase in production by 14.22 Million Kgs from 15.41 Million Kgs recorded during the corresponding month of 2023 to 29.63 Million Kgs.table_1_march_224.jpg

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