KENYA TEA INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS FOR JANUARY 2019 

Production

Tea production for the month of January 2019 was 48.38 Million Kgs, against 40.83 Million Kgs recorded during the corresponding month of 2018. Higher production was largely attributed to light rains and moderate temperatures that were experienced across the West and East Regions. Within the East of Rift, output increased by 4.00 Million kgs from 14.35 Million Kgs recorded in January  2018 to 18.35 Million Kgs. While, the tea growing areas in the West of Rift recorded an increase of 3.54 Million kgs in production from 26.48 Million Kgs to 30.03 Million Kgs durin the same period

Consequently, production within the Plantation sub-sector, which is more wide-spread in the West of Rift rose from 17.01 Million Kgs to 20.63 Million Kgs. Significant increase was also recorded within Smallholder sub-sector from 23.81 Million Kgs to 27.75 Million Kgs. 

Table 1: Production by Sector and Region (2019 vis-à-vis 2018)

Sector Region January 2019 January 2018 Variance Var.(%)
Plantation West of Rift     18,912,898      15,716,538    3,196,360  20.34%
East of Rift       1,723,422        1,298,306       425,116  32.74%
Total     20,636,320      17,014,844    3,621,476  21.28%
         
Smallholder West of Rift     11,119,514      10,766,936       352,578  3.27%
East of Rift     16,630,633      13,052,636    3,577,997  27.41%
Total     27,750,147      23,819,572    3,930,575  16.50%
 

Plantation & 

Smallholder

 

         
West of Rift     30,032,412      26,483,474    3,548,938  13.40%
East of Rift     18,354,055      14,350,942    4,003,113  27.89%
Total     48,386,467      40,834,416    7,552,051  18.49%

 

TEA SALES

 Auction

During the month, 40.66 Million kgs of Kenyan tea was sold through Mombasa Auction compared to 39.10 Million kgs recorded in January 2018. Due to higher volume of tea offered for sale, the average auction price was lower at USD 2.30 per Kg compared to 2.96 per kg for the same period of last year. 

 

Exports

The total export volume for the month of January 2019 was higher at 47.92 Million Kgs compared to 31.94 Million Kgs recorded in the same period of last year. 

During the month, Kenya tea was shipped to forty three (43) export destinations compared to thirty nine (39) destinations for the same period of last year. Amongst these markets, Pakistan was the leading export destination for Kenyan tea having imported

15.25 Million Kgs, accounting for 32% of the total export volume.  

Other key export destinations for Kenyan tea were Egypt (11.07 Million Kgs), UK (5.82 Million Kgs), UAE (2.79 Million Kgs) Russia ( 1.84 Million Kgs), Sudan (1.44 Million Kgs), Yemen (1.12 Million Kgs), Saudi Arabia (0.78 Million Kgs), Switzerland (0.77 Million Kgs) and Afghanistan (0.75). The top ten export destinations, having a blend of traditional and emerging markets for Kenyan tea accounted for 87% of Kenya tea export volume. All the key markets recorded higher tea imports from Kenya. 

Significantly higher tea imports from Kenya were also recorded amongst the emerging markets of Iran, Nigeria, Ireland, Turkey, China, Malaysia, South Africa, Canada, Oman, Chad and Uzbekistan.

Local consumption

Local tea consumption in January 2019  amounted to 3.61 Million Kgs against 2.40 Million Kgs for the corresponding period of 2018. 

28TH FEBRUARY, 2019

 

 Table 2: Kenya Tea Exports by Destination (Jan. 2019 vis-à-vis Jan. 2018) 

DESTINATION 2019 – QUANTITY KGS 2018 – QUANTITY KGS QUANTITY KGS %AGE VARIANCE
PAKISTAN                    15,259,914                     12,637,620            2,622,294  21%
EGYPT                    11,073,044                       6,304,117            4,768,927  76%
UK                      5,827,353                       2,737,150            3,090,203  113%
UAE                      2,794,581                       1,803,923               990,658  55%
RUSSIA                      1,845,199                       1,501,354               343,845  23%
SUDAN                      1,442,482                          631,859               810,623  128%
YEMEN                      1,121,684                          962,050               159,634  17%
SAUDI ARABIA                         785,257                          265,850               519,407  195%
SWITZERLAND                         777,658                          547,328               230,330  42%
AFGHANISTAN                         725,247                          373,912               351,335  94%
IRAN                         703,069                          138,981               564,088  406%
NIGERIA                         676,078                          364,848               311,230  85%
KAZAKHSTAN                         627,229                          479,898               147,331  31%
POLAND                         593,885                          631,948  –              38,063  -6%
IRELAND                         433,440                          133,071               300,369  226%
JORDAN                         328,250                          280,000                  48,250  17%
TURKEY                         319,788                             72,192               247,596  343%
SOMALIA                         280,878                          269,179                  11,699  4%
INDONESIA                         244,338                          231,833                  12,505  5%
CHINA                         242,153                             15,700               226,453  1442%
BANGLADESH                         207,288                                      –                207,288  0%
USA                         179,672                          319,066  –            139,394  -44%
MALAYSIA                         166,586                             66,200               100,386  152%
INDIA                         143,688                             12,452               131,236  1054%
ERITREA                         129,920                                      –                129,920  0%
JAPAN                         127,400                          381,340  –            253,940  -67%
NETHERLANDS                         124,228                                      –                124,228  0%
SOUTH AFRICA                         116,856                             42,480                  74,376  175%
UKRAINE                         111,900                          116,815  –                 4,915  -4%
CANADA                         105,916                             28,200                  77,716  276%
OMAN                            97,119                             70,172                  26,947  38%
CHAD                            76,124                             45,900                  30,224  66%
UZBEKISTAN                            70,800                             22,620                  48,180  213%
SINGAPORE                            39,430                                      –                   39,430  0%
DJIBOUTI                            32,000                             48,000  –              16,000  -33%
GERMANY                            27,176                             77,890  –              50,714  -65%
NEW ZEALAND                            25,600                          120,968  –              95,368  -79%
SRI LANKA                            15,400                             48,000  –              32,600  -68%
HONG KONG                            11,340                             46,000  –              34,660  -75%
TAIWAN                              5,850                               7,140  –                 1,290  -18%
GHANA                              4,932                                      –                     4,932  0%
ITALY                              2,300                                      –                     2,300  0%
KYRGYZSTAN                              2,094                                      –                     2,094  0%
EPZ                                     –                                      12  –                      12  0%
CHILE                                     –                           110,320  –            110,320  0%
SEYCHELLES                                     –                                3,360  –                 3,360  0%
GRAND TOTAL                    47,925,146                     31,949,748          15,975,398  50%