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TEA INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE REPORT MARCH 2019

KENYA TEA INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS FOR
MARCH  2019

PRODUCTION

Tea production for the month of March 2019 decreased to 26.46 Million Kgs compared to 30.98 Million Kgs recorded during the corresponding month of 2018. Lower production was largely attributed to drier weather conditions and delayed onset of ‘long rains’ season experienced in all the tea growing areas during the period up to March. The most affected region was the West of Rift where production declined from 20.68 Million Kgs to 16.23 Million Kgs, signifying a drop of 9%. Production within the East of Rift decreased marginally from 10.29 Million Kgs recorded in March 2018 to 10.22 Million Kgs signifying a drop of 0.7%. Consequently, the Plantation sub-sector recorded decreased tea output of 2.67 Million Kgs from 12.90 Million Kgs to 10.22 Million Kgs while the Smallholder sub-sector registered a drop of 1.85 Million Kgs from 18.08 Million Kgs recorded in March 2018 to 16.23 Million Kgs.

However, cumulative production for the first quarter (Jan-March) of the year was slightly higher at 106.29 Million Kgs against 99.76 Million Kgs recorded during the corresponding period of 2018.

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

Sector Region March 2019 March 2018 Variance Var.(%) Jan – Mar 2019 Jan – Mar 2018 Variance +/- Var.(%)
Plantation West of Rift                 9,481,951              12,072,833    –  2,590,882 -21.46%                    39,223,567                     38,982,198                     241,369 0.62%
East of Rift                   744,687                    827,870         –   83,183 -10.05%                        4,061,782                        2,947,170                    1,114,612 37.82%
Total     10,226,638     12,900,703   –    2,674,065 -20.73%          43,285,349          41,929,368        1,355,981 3.23%
                 
Smallholder West of Rift               6,754,483                 8,614,876      –   1,860,393 -21.60%                    24,985,384                    26,843,997 –              1,858,613 -6.92%
East of Rift               9,480,582                 9,471,247                      9,335 0.10%                     38,022,517                    30,987,002                 7,035,515 22.70%
Total     16,235,065      18,086,123 –  1,851,058 -10.23%          63,007,901          57,830,999        5,176,902 8.95%
                   
Plantation & West of Rift             16,236,434             20,687,709   –    4,451,275 -21.52%                     64,208,951                     65,826,195 –              1,617,244 -2.46%
Smallholder East of Rift             10,225,269                10,299,117        –     73,848 -0.72%                    42,084,299                     33,934,172                  8,150,127 24.02%
  Total     26,461,703     30,986,826 –  4,525,123 -14.60%        106,293,250          99,760,367       6,532,883 6.55%

 

TEA SALES

AUCTION

During the month, 28.99 Million kgs of Kenyan tea was sold through Mombasa Auction against 23.15 Million kgs recorded in March 2018. The average tea auction prices for Kenyan tea for the month of March 2019 was USD 2.13 per Kg which was lower compared to 2.81 recorded in March 2018.

The Average Auction price for the period January- March 2019 stood at USD 2.20 per Kg compared to 2.91 per kg for the same period of last year. Lower prices to-date this year was attributed to increased supply.

EXPORTS

The total export volume for the month of March 2019 was 44.73 Million Kgs compared to 35.77 Million Kgs recorded same period of last year, representing a 25% increase. During the month, Kenya tea was shipped to forty three (43) export destinations compared to fifty two (52) destinations for the same period of last year. Amongst these markets, Pakistan was the leading export destination for Kenyan tea having imported 17.51 Million Kgs, accounting for 39% of the total export volume. Other key export destinations for Kenyan tea were Egypt (7.81 Million Kgs), UK (3.89 Million Kgs), UAE (2.32 Million Kgs), Sudan (2.13 Million Kgs), Russia (1.36 Million Kgs), Yemen (1.26 Million Kgs), Afghanistan (0.96 Million Kgs), Kazakhastan (0.87 Million kgs) and Iran (0.83 Million Kgs). The ten export destinations, most of which which are traditional markets for Kenyan tea accounted for 87% of Kenya tea export volume. Amongst the markets that recorded higher tea imports from Kenya included Pakistan, Egypt, UK, Sudan, Afghanistan, Kazakhastan and Iran.

Amongst the emerging markets that recorded significantly higher tea imports from Kenya included Switzerland, Jordan, Netherlands, China, Japan, Uzbekistan, Chad and Oman.

The total export volume for the period January-March 2019 stood at 137.26 Million Kgs compared to 136.18 Million Kgs recorded same period of last year.

LOCAL CONSUMPTION

Local tea consumption for March 2019 stood at 2.61 Million Kgs against 3.01Million Kgs for the corresponding period of 2018 while cumulative tea consumption for the first three months period upto March 2019 was 9.17 Million Kgs against 7.08 Million Kgs for the same period of last year.

22ND APRIL, 2019

 

Table 3: Kenya Tea Exports by Destination (March  2019 vis-à-vis March  2018)

DESTINATION 2019 – QUANTITY KGS 2018 – QUANTITY KGS QUANTITY DIFF %AGE VARIANCE
PAKISTAN                                 17,515,273                                 12,857,238                        4,658,035 36%
EGYPT                                    7,815,408                                    3,087,383                        4,728,025 153%
UK                                    3,890,236                                    3,200,030                             690,206 22%
UAE                                    2,325,277                                    3,789,953 –                      1,464,676 -39%
SUDAN                                    2,133,183                                    1,956,436                             176,747 9%
RUSSIA                                    1,366,851                                    1,660,016 –                          293,165 -18%
YEMEN                                    1,268,210                                    1,403,449 –                          135,239 -10%
AFGHANISTAN                                         960,369                                         660,108                             300,261 45%
KAZAKHSTAN                                         875,919                                         699,611                             176,308 25%
IRAN                                         830,747                                         286,164                             544,583 190%
SAUDI ARABIA                                         580,778                                         302,944                             277,834 92%
NIGERIA                                         538,586                                         701,581 –                          162,995 -23%
SWITZERLAND                                         508,188                                         370,904                             137,284 37%
POLAND                                         379,724                                         306,806                                72,918 24%
JORDAN                                         328,250                                         198,000                             130,250 66%
NETHERLANDS                                         323,886                                            68,400                             255,486 374%
SOMALIA                                         321,386                                         621,171 –                          299,785 -48%
IRELAND                                         320,428                                         189,953                             130,475 69%
CHINA                                         310,282                                         134,444                             175,838 131%
JAPAN                                         289,650                                            66,525                             223,125 335%
USA                                         227,826                                         247,808 –                             19,982 -8%
MALAYSIA                                         205,148                                         102,368                             102,780 100%
QATAR                                         203,660                                                         –                               203,660 0%
INDIA                                         182,254                                         197,656 –                             15,402 -8%
TURKEY                                         160,077                                         370,246 –                          210,169 -57%
UKRAINE                                         139,685                                         160,491 –                             20,806 -13%
UZBEKISTAN                                         120,310                                            71,776                                48,534 68%
CHAD                                         109,343                                            64,235                                45,108 70%
INDONESIA                                         100,680                                         149,876 –                             49,196 -33%
SOUTH AFRICA                                            93,272                                         120,698 –                             27,426 -23%
GERMANY                                            88,064                                                         –                                  88,064 0%
SRI LANKA                                            72,880                                            74,128 –                                1,248 -2%
GHANA                                            33,840                                            75,600 –                             41,760 -55%
OMAN                                            33,355                                               4,200                                29,155 694%
CANADA                                            28,000                                            48,541 –                             20,541 -42%
BELGIUM                                            25,200                                                         –                                  25,200 0%
MAURITIUS                                            20,000                                                         –                                  20,000 0%
CHILE                                            14,160                                         181,228 –                          167,068 -92%
SINGAPORE                                            12,869                                            22,288 –                                9,419 -42%
MOZAMBIQUE                                               7,800                                                         –                                     7,800 0%
TAIWAN                                               7,140                                                   144                                   6,996 4858%
MOROCCO                                               2,614                                                         –                                     2,614 0%
ITALY                                               2,300                                            13,350 –                             11,050 -83%
BANGLADESH                                                        –                                              27,562 –                             27,562 0%
BRAZIL                                                        –                                                 4,980 –                                4,980 0%
DJIBOUTI                                                     –                                              48,000 –                             48,000 0%
EPZ                                                       –                                      1,123,197 –                      1,123,197 0%
HONG KONG                                                       –                                                 5,042 –                                5,042 0%
ISRAEL                                                       –                                                 4,074 –                                4,074 0%
KOREA                                                        –                                                     112 –                                     112 0%
LITHUANIA                                                        –                                                 7,500 –                                7,500 0%
MYANMAR(BURMA)                                                        –                                                 1,832 –                                1,832 0%
NEW ZEALAND                                                        –                                              12,800 –                             12,800 0%
RWANDA                                                        –                                                           6 –                                           6 0%
SOUTH  SUDAN                                                        –                                              26,210 –                             26,210 0%
TANZANIA                                                        –                                              16,487 –                             16,487 0%
UGANDA                                                       –                                                 1,531 –                                1,531 0%
VIETNAM                                                        –                                              27,888 –                             27,888 0%
         
TOTAL                                 44,773,108                                 35,772,970                        9,000,138 25%

 

 

Table 3: Kenya Tea Exports by Destination (Jan- March 2019 vis-à-vis Jan- March 2018)

DESTINATION 2019 – QUANTITY KGS 2018 – QUANTITY KGS QUANTITY DIFF %AGE VARIANCE
PAKISTAN                                       49,306,932                                       54,938,651 –                    5,631,719 -10%
EGYPT                                        28,367,521                                       15,736,730                    12,630,791 80%
UK                                        13,825,729                                        13,752,391                             73,338 1%
UAE                                          6,926,272                                       10,656,442 –                   3,730,170 -35%
SUDAN                                          4,803,686                                         5,598,029 –                      794,343 -14%
RUSSIA                                          4,482,050                                          5,416,922 –                      934,872 -17%
YEMEN                                           3,551,560                                         3,774,058 –                      222,498 -6%
AFGHANISTAN                                          2,559,937                                         2,065,300                          494,637 24%
NIGERIA                                            2,320,811                                          1,342,457                          978,354 73%
SAUDI ARABIA                                           2,173,834                                          1,092,370                       1,081,464 99%
KAZAKSTAN                                           1,844,696                                           1,902,102 –                         57,406 -3%
IRAN                                           1,826,849                                          1,658,668                             168,181 10%
SWIITZERLAND                                           1,805,798                                            1,011,768                          794,030 78%
IRELAND                                            1,351,475                                               804,171                          547,304 68%
POLAND                                           1,330,773                                          1,476,736 –                       145,963 -10%
JORDAN                                               984,750                                              676,081                          308,669 46%
CHINA                                                 831,391                                              312,474                            518,917 166%
SOMALIA                                                810,608                                          1,398,895 –                      588,287 -42%
NETHERLANDS                                               804,793                                              186,432                            618,361 332%
TURKEY                                               726,692                                           1,130,979 –                      404,287 -36%
USA                                               659,502                                              718,940 –                         59,438 -8%
BANGLADESH                                               600,042                                                27,562                          572,480 2077%
MALAYSIA                                                597,108                                              306,016                           291,092 95%
INDONESIA                                                581,745                                             525,636                              56,109 11%
JAPAN                                               548,850                                             477,807                              71,043 15%
INDIA                                                525,106                                             677,427 –                        152,321 -22%
UKRAINE                                               367,805                                             330,948                             36,857 11%
CHAD                                                339,132                                              124,575                           214,557 172%
CANADA                                                285,316                                              207,201                               78,115 38%
QATAR                                               255,540                                                            –                            255,540 0%
SOUTH AFRICA                                                252,128                                              187,723                             64,405 34%
UZBEKISTAN                                                232,910                                             282,376 –                         49,466 -18%
GERMANY                                               225,502                                             236,824 –                           11,322 -5%
CHILE                                                195,455                                             629,730 –                      434,275 -69%
OMAN                                                  181,147                                                   4,200                           176,947 4213%
SRI LANKA                                                 143,651                                               139,201                                4,450 3%
ERITREA                                                129,920                                                            –                             129,920 0%
GHANA                                                102,632                                              100,440                                 2,192 2%
DJIBOUTI                                                  82,975                                              126,600 –                         43,625 -34%
SINGAPORE                                                   61,495                                                 61,468                                       27 0%
BEIGIUM                                                  45,280                                                    1,500                             43,780 2919%
NEW ZEALAND                                                  38,400                                                 12,800                             25,600 200%
MYANMAR                                                  28,080                                                   2,060                             26,020 1263%
MAURITIUS                                                  20,000                                                22,995 –                            2,995 -13%
PALAU                                                   15,332                                                            –                                15,332 0%
TAIWAN                                                   12,990                                                67,034 –                         54,044 -81%
ITALY                                                    11,500                                                  18,510 –                             7,010 -38%
HONG KONG                                                    11,340                                                22,250 –                           10,910 -49%
GUINEA                                                   10,944                                                   5,472                                5,472 100%
MOROCCO                                                      8,071                                                            –                                   8,071 0%
MOZAMBIQUE                                                     7,800                                                            –                                  7,800 0%
KYRGYZSTAN                                                     2,094                                                  23,141 –                          21,047 -91%
CZECH REPUBLIC                                                          100                                                   4,503 –                            4,403 -98%
KAMBODIA(KAMPUCHIA)                                                              –                                                           106 –                                  106 0%
AUSTRALIA                                                              –                                                             32 –                                    32 0%
AZERBAIJAN                                                              –                                                  42,442 –                         42,442 0%
BRAZIL                                                              –                                                105,480 –                       105,480 0%
EPZ                                                              –                                            5,496,127 –                   5,496,127 0%
FRANCE                                                              –                                                              18 –                                     18 0%
GREECE                                                              –                                                      3,810 –                             3,810 0%
GRENANDA                                                              –                                                  24,830 –                         24,830 0%
ISRAEL                                                              –                                                     4,074 –                            4,074 0%
KOREA                                                              –                                                           180 –                                  180 0%
LIBERIA                                                              –                                                             90 –                                    90 0%
LITHUANIA                                                              –                                                     7,500 –                            7,500 0%
MALI                                                              –                                                                3 –                                       3 0%
RWANDA                                                              –                                                                6 –                                       6 0%
SEYCHELLES                                                              –                                                     3,360 –                            3,360 0%
SOUTH  SUDAN                                                              –                                                 110,754 –                        110,754 0%
TANZANIA                                                              –                                                  48,522 –                         48,522 0%
UGANDA                                                              –                                                     6,682 –                            6,682 0%
VIETNAM                                                              –                                                  54,368 –                         54,368 0%
OTHER COUNTRIES NES                                                              –                                                      1,408 –                             1,408 0%
DUTY FREE SHOPS                                                              –                                                     2,483 –                            2,483 0%
AIRCRAFT & SHIPSTORES                                                              –                                                           163 –                                  163 0%
         
TOTAL                     137,216,049                    136,189,033            1,027,016 1%