KENYA TEA INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS FOR NOVEMBER 2018 

1.0 PRODUCTION 

Tea production for the month of November 2018 was 45.64 Million Kgs, against 45.37 Million Kgs recorded during the corresponding month of 2017. Increased production was largely attributed to the high precipitation in tea growing areas in the West and East of Rift particularly in Kericho, Nyamira, Kisii, Kiambu, Muranga, Embu, and Meru.

 
   

Consequently, output Within the West of Rift increased from 28.32 Million Kgs to 28.69 Million Kgs while that of the East of Rift dropped from 17.05 Million Kgs to 16.95 Million Kgs. Higher production was recorded within the Plantation sub-sector with output increasing from 19.59 Million Kgs to 19.91 Million Kgs Similarly, production within the Smallholder sub-sector decreased gfrom 25.77 Million Kgs to 22.73 Million Kgs. 

Cumulatively, production for the period January-November 2018 was significantly higher by 12% to stand at 441.16 Million Kgs against 392.35 Million Kgs recorded during the corresponding period of 2017 owing to good weather conditions.

Table 1: Tea Production by Sub-Sector and Region (2018 vis-à-vis 2017)

PRODUCTION (KGS) November  2018 November 2017 Variance Var.(%) Jan – Nov 2018 Jan – Nov 2017 Variance Var.(%)
Plantation West of Rift          18,056,231          17,550,614      505,617  2.88%     180,868,278      160,310,299   20,557,979  12.82%
East of Rift           1,855,640           2,043,423  –   187,783  -9.19%       15,517,174        13,721,531     1,795,643  13.09%
Total          19,911,871          19,594,037      317,834  1.62%     196,385,452      174,031,830   22,353,622  12.84%
                 
Smallholder West of Rift          10,642,010          10,769,813  –   127,803  -1.19%     111,382,617        97,894,286   13,488,331  13.78%
East of Rift          15,094,691          15,009,668        85,023  0.57%     133,400,861      120,424,990   12,975,871  10.78%
Total          25,736,701          25,779,481  –     42,780  -0.17%     244,783,478      218,319,276   26,464,202  12.12%
                   
Plantation & Smallholder West of Rift          28,698,241          28,320,427      377,814  1.33%     292,250,895      258,204,585   34,046,310  13.19%
East of Rift          16,950,331          17,053,091  –   102,760  -0.60%     148,918,035      134,146,521   14,771,514  11.01%
  Total          45,648,572          45,373,518      275,054  0.61%     441,168,930      392,351,106   48,817,824  12.44%

 

2.0 SALES AUCTION 

During the month of November 2018, 30.67 Million kgs of Kenyan tea was sold through Mombasa Auction against 28.52 Million kgs recorded in November 2017. The average tea auction prices for Kenyan tea for the month of November 2018 was lower at USD 2.36 per Kg against 2.98 for the corresponding period of last year owing to enhanced supply.

Cumulative average price for the nine months of 2018 was also lower at USD 2.60 per Kg compared to USD 2.99 for the corresponding period of 2017. 

 

EXPORTS 

The total export volume for the month of November 2018 was 44.47 Million Kgs compared to 37.29 Million Kgs recorded same period of last year, representing a 19% increase. During the month, Kenya tea was shipped to forty one (41) export destinations compared to forty four (44) destinations for the same period of last year. Amongst these markets, Pakistan was the leading export destination for Kenyan tea having imported 16.90 Million Kgs, accounting for 38% of the total export volume. Other key export destinations for Kenyan tea were Egypt (6.50 Million Kgs), UAE (4.71 Million Kgs), UK (4.09 Million Kgs), Sudan (1.96 Million Kgs), Yemen (1.53 Million Kgs), Bangladesh (1.41 Million Kgs), Afghanistan (0.93 Million kgs), Kazakhstan (0.73 Million Kgs) and Russia (0.70 million Kgs). The ten export destinations, most of which which are traditional markets for Kenyan tea accounted for 89% of Kenya tea export volume. Most the traditional markets recorded higher tea imports from Kenya except Egypt, Sudan and Russia that recorded lower imports.

Emerging markets that recorded significantly higher tea imports from Kenya included Bangladesh, Nigeria, Turkey, Japan, Canada, South Africa and Germany.

The total export volume for the period January-November 2018 was 439.46 Million Kgs compared to 388.87 Million Kgs recorded same period of last year.

LOCAL CONSUMPTION

 

Local tea consumption for November 2018 stood at 3.61 Million Kgs against 3.63 Million Kgs for the corresponding period of 2017 while cumulative tea consumption for the eleven-month period stood at 33.45 Million Kgs against 37.63 Million Kgs for the corresponding period of 2017.

4TH JANUARY, 2019

Table 2: Kenya Tea Exports by Destination (Nov 2018 vis-à-vis Nov  2017) 

DESTINATION 2018 – QUANTITY KGS 2017 – QUANTITY KGS QUANTITY DIFF %AGE VARIANCE
PAKISTAN                                  16,901,634                                   14,096,025  2,805,609  20%
EGYPT                                     6,502,177                                      8,706,523  -2,204,346  -25%
UAE                                     4,712,822                                      2,155,241  2,557,581  119%
UK                                     4,093,281                                      1,851,187  2,242,094  121%
SUDAN                                     1,963,589                                      3,188,709  -1,225,120  -38%
YEMEN                                     1,538,950                                      1,387,176  151,774  11%
BANGLADESH                                     1,410,518                                          120,000  1,290,518  1075%
AFGHANISTAN                                         933,264                                          176,162  757,102  430%
KAZAKHASTAN                                         735,163                                          685,646  49,517  7%
RUSSIA                                         704,077                                          860,548  -156,471  -18%
IRAN                                         509,222                                          323,322  185,900  57%
JORDAN                                         459,500                                          265,950  193,550  73%
SAUDI ARABIA                                         454,900                                          331,570  123,330  37%
NIGERIA                                         334,244                                             84,000  250,244  298%
JAPAN                                         329,622                                          131,605  198,017  150%
IRELAND                                         303,850                                          241,490  62,360  26%
SWITERLAND                                         250,240                                          428,400  -178,160  -42%
NERTHERLANDS                                         242,657                                                    131  242,526  185134%
INDIA                                         202,982                                          240,712  -37,730  -16%
CHINA                                         195,705                                             75,296  120,409  160%
TURKEY                                         185,828                                             97,366  88,462  91%
USA                                         172,422                                          328,496  -156,074  -48%
MALAYSIA                                         156,411                                          146,880  9,531  6%
POLAND                                         137,272                                          120,380  16,892  14%
ERITREA                                         130,000                                                       –                               130,000  0%
UKRAINE                                         123,677                                          174,105  -50,428  -29%
CANADA                                         105,200                                             51,200  54,000  105%
ECUADOR                                            98,568                                                         –   98,568  0%
INDONESIA                                            93,840                                          123,320  -29,480  -24%
CHAD                                            90,546                                             69,050  21,496  31%
SOUTH AFRICA                                            80,312                                             10,000  70,312  703%
GERMAN                                            77,058                                             28,680  48,378  169%
SOMALIA                                            63,291                                          111,290  -47,999  -43%
SRI LANKA                                            49,480                                             88,160  -38,680  -44%
DJIBOUTI                                            48,000                                             48,000                                  –   0%
OMAN                                            45,787                                                       –                                 45,787  0%
SINGAPORE                                            20,000                                                       –                                 20,000  0%
NEW ZEALAND                                            12,800                                                        –   12,800  0%
FRANCE                                               9,998                                                         –   9,998  0%
MYANMAR                                                 560                                                         –   560  0%
CHEC REP.                                                  80                                                    95  -15  -16%
AZERBAIJAN                                                      –                                                      44,066  -44,066  0%
CHILE                                                      –                                                   287,858  -287,858  0%
EPZ                                                       –                                                 1,595  -1,595  0%
GHANA                                                      –                                                      50,000  -50,000  0%
HONG KONG                                                      –                                                      50,000  -50,000  0%
KYRGYZSTAN                                                        –                                                 4,177  -4,177  0%
MAURITIUS                                                        –                                               62,000  -62,000  0%
MOROCCO                                                       –                                                 4,320  -4,320  0%
TAIWAN                                                        –                                              19,600  -19,600  0%
UZBEKISTAN                                                        –                                              24,000  -24,000  0%
TOTAL                                  44,479,526                                   37,294,331  7,185,195  19%

 

 Table 3: Kenya Tea Exports by Destination (Jan- Nov 2018 vis-à-vis Jan- Nov 2017)

DESTINATION 2018 – QUANTITY KGS 2017 – QUANTITY KGS QUANTITY DIFF %AGE VARIANCE
PAKISTAN                  163,909,215                   144,658,854          19,250,361  13%
EGYPT                    68,545,858                     61,502,925            7,042,933  11%
UK                    43,202,497                     37,284,386            5,918,111  16%
UAE                    32,104,799                     26,723,444            5,381,355  20%
SUDAN                    21,572,058                     20,845,883                726,175  3%
RUSSIA                    16,537,258                     15,532,235            1,005,023  6%
YEMEN                    13,571,800                     12,445,676            1,126,124  9%
AFGHANISTAN                    10,012,300                       8,647,767            1,364,533  16%
KAZAKHSTAN                      7,622,379                       6,959,481                662,898  10%
POLAND                      5,965,511                       5,284,183                681,328  13%
SAUDI ARABIA                      4,880,084                       3,956,908                923,176  23%
NIGERIA                      4,787,219                       4,264,619                522,600  12%
USA                      4,602,619                       4,604,925  –                 2,306  0%
IRAN                      3,747,591                       3,086,454                661,137  21%
IRELAND                      3,247,825                       3,046,759                201,066  7%
JORDAN                      3,228,072                       2,606,522                621,550  24%
INDIA                      2,794,025                       2,752,422                  41,603  2%
NETHERLANDS                      2,685,130                       2,063,303                621,827  30%
SWITZERLAND                      2,563,286                       2,444,006                119,280  5%
JAPAN                      2,324,949                       1,847,297                477,652  26%
TURKEY                      2,252,233                       2,041,291                210,942  10%
BANGLADESH                      2,110,374                           480,900            1,629,474  339%
INDONESIA                      2,059,810                       1,818,890                240,920  13%
UKRAINE                      1,832,458                       1,680,506                151,952  9%
SOMALIA                      1,650,046                       1,574,465                  75,581  5%
CHILE                      1,624,880                       1,800,938  –            176,058  -10%
MALAYSIA                      1,444,413                       1,257,976                186,437  15%
CHINA                      1,279,546                       1,021,631                257,915  25%
SRI LANKA                          900,185                           911,981  –               11,796  -1%
GERMANY                          846,688                           732,532                114,156  16%
OMAN                          737,239                           691,452                  45,787  7%
SOUTH AFRICA                          615,132                           488,820                126,312  26%
CHAD                          613,027                           538,885                  74,142  14%
CANADA                          509,188                           399,188                110,000  28%
DJIBOUTI                          424,450                           424,450                           –   0%
UZBEKISTAN                          324,996                           299,196                  25,800  9%
BELGIUM                          299,578                           299,578                           –   0%
ERITREA                          260,000                           130,000                130,000  100%
HONG KONG                          254,400                           301,520  –               47,120  -16%
MAURITIUS                          237,350                           279,350  –               42,000  -15%
MYAMAR                          235,360                            234,800                        560  0%
NEW ZEALAND                          223,740                           198,140                  25,600  13%
TAIWAN                          175,780                           195,380  –               19,600  -10%
SINGAPORE                          174,335                           154,335                  20,000  13%
GHANA                          100,800                             50,000                  50,800  102%
ECUADOR                            98,568                                      –                                  98,568  0%
KYRGYZSTAN                            51,156                             55,333  –                 4,177  -8%
ISRAEL                            50,000                             50,000                           –   0%
AZERBAIJAN                            45,000                             89,066  –               44,066  -49%
CZECH REPUBLIC                            27,382                             27,397  –                       15  0%
VIET NAM                            20,570                             20,570                           –   0%
GREECE                            14,676                             14,676                           –   0%
US MINOR OUTLING ISLANDS                            14,032                             14,032                           –   0%
FRANCE                              9,998                                      –                                    9,998  0%
LATVIA                              9,320                               9,320                           –   0%
GABON                              9,032                               9,032                           –   0%
AUSTRALIA                              7,756                               1,600                    6,156  385%
BRAZIL                              6,000                               2,882                    3,118  108%
ITALY                              5,182                                      –                                    5,182  0%
MACAO                              5,000                               5,000                           –   0%
MOROCCO                                  500                               4,820  –                 4,320  -90%
BRAZIL                                     –                                                      6,000  –                 6,000  0%
EPZ                                     –                                                      1,595  –                 1,595  0%
TOTAL                  439,464,654                   388,875,576          50,589,078  13%