PRODUCTION

Tea production for the month of June 2019 decreased to 42.42 Million Kgs compared to 43.29 Million Kgs recorded during the corresponding month of 2018. Lower production was attributed to less precipitation recorded in the tea growing regions particularly in the East of Rift, consequent to which the region’s output declined from 13.07 Million Kgs to 11.97 Million Kgs. Production within the West of Rift increased marginally from 30.22 Million Kgs to 30.44 Million Kgs. Notably, owing to improved wet weather conditions experienced in all tea growing areas, production for the month of June was however higher than that of May 2019, which stood at 37.75 Million Kgs. Across the sub-sectors, production within the Plantation sub-sector recorded a marginal increase from 19.65 Million Kgs to 20.99 Million Kgs while that of the Smallholder sub-sector decreased from 23.64 Million Kgs 21.43 Million Kgs.

Cumulative production for the half year (Jan-June) of the year was 7.96% lower at 212.60 Million Kgs against 230.99 Million Kgs recorded during the corresponding period of 2018 owing to severe hot and dry weather conditions and late onset of the Long rains experienced during the first quarter of the year as well as depressed rainfall conditions during the month of April and May. West of Rift region was the most affected with output having dropped by 9.30%.The decline in the East of Rift over the six months period was 5.46%.

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

Sector Region June  2019 June 2018 Variance (+/-) Var.(%) Jan – June 2019 Jan – June 2018 Variance +/- Var.(%)
Plantation West of Rift             19,517,063              18,451,189          1,065,874 5.78%                  82,684,200                    89,067,131    – 6,382,931 -7.17%
East of Rift              1,475,739               1,204,129               271,610 22.56%                     6,895,509                      7,062,491      –  166,982 -2.36%
Total   20,992,802     19,655,318   1,337,484 6.80%        89,579,709         96,129,622 –   6,549,913 -6.81%
                 
Smallholder West of Rift            10,928,776             11,776,050      –  847,274 -7.19%                  53,638,840                   61,237,087   –   7,598,247 -12.41%
East of Rift            10,503,439             11,867,694 -1,364,255 -11.50%                  69,389,663                   73,628,391    –   4,238,728 -5.76%
Total     21,432,215   23,643,744 –  2,211,529 -9.35%       123,028,503       134,865,478 –  11,836,975 -8.78%
                   
Plantation & West of Rift           30,445,839           30,227,239              218,600 0.72%                 136,323,040                  150,304,218     -13,981,178 -9.30%
Smallholder East of Rift              11,979,178             13,071,823 -1,092,645 -8.36%                   76,285,172                  80,690,882     –   4,405,710 -5.46%
  Total    42,425,017   43,299,062 –   874,045 -2.02%        212,608,212       230,995,100 – 18,386,888 -7.96%

TEA SALES

AUCTION

During the month of June, 21.96 Million kgs of Kenyan tea was sold through Mombasa Auction against 28.93 Million kgs recorded in same period of last year. The average tea auction prices for Kenyan tea for the month USD 2.16 per Kg which was lower compared to 2.55 recorded in June 2018.

The Average Auction price for the period January- June 2019 stood at USD 2.24 per Kg compared to 2.76 per kg for the same period of last year. Lower prices to-date this year was attributed to reduced trading activities at the Auction owing to uncertainities in certain key markets occasioned by political and economic instability.

EXPORTS

The total export volume for the month of June 2019 was 31.72 Million Kgs compared to 45.83 Million Kgs recorded same period of last year, representing a 31% decrease. During the month, Kenya tea was shipped to forty nine (49) 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 10.32 Million Kgs, accounting for 33% of the total export volume. Other key export destinations for Kenyan tea were Egypt (5.16 Million Kgs), UK (3.30 Million Kgs), UAE (2.19 Million Kgs), Russia (1.80 Million Kgs), Sudan (1.55 Million Kgs), Yemen (1.03 Million Kgs), Afghanistan (0.95 Million Kgs), Kazakhastan (0.66 Million kgs) and Switzerland (0.45 Million Kgs).

Amongst the emerging markets that recorded significantly higher tea imports from Kenya included Somalia, Netherlands, India, Canada, Myanmar, Uzbekistan, Oman, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan and Australia.

The total export volume for the period January-June 2019 stood at 252.01 Million Kgs compared to 241.56 Million Kgs recorded same period of last year.

LOCAL SALES

Local tea Sales for June 2019 stood at 4.15 Million Kgs against 3.75 Million Kgs for the corresponding period of 2018 while cumulative tea sales for the for the half year (Jan-June) 2019 was 21.27 Million Kgs against 19.95 Million Kgs for the same period of last year.

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

DESTINATION 2019 – QUANTITY (KGS) 2018 – QUANTITY (KGS) QUANTITY diff %AGE variance
PAKISTAN                                       10,322,058                                        17,381,858 –            7,059,800 -41%
EGYPT                                          5,162,990                                         6,583,927 –             1,420,937 -22%
UK                                         3,300,293                                          4,797,416 –              1,497,123 -31%
UAE                                          2,192,558                                          3,380,190 –              1,187,632 -35%
RUSSIA                                           1,801,982                                          1,986,523 –                  184,541 -9%
SUDAN                                          1,557,393                                          1,237,566                     319,827 26%
YEMEN                                          1,038,000                                          1,348,662 –                 310,662 -23%
AFGHANISTAN                                              953,981                                          1,420,740 –                466,760 -33%
KAZAKHSTAN                                             663,236                                             942,468 –                279,232 -30%
SWITZERLAND                                             456,000                                              444,124                         11,876 3%
IRAN                                              532,715                                                590,111 –                   57,396 -10%
POLAND                                             350,308                                             505,956 –                 155,648 -31%
SOMALIA                                             345,553                                              254,312                         91,241 36%
NETHERLANDS                                             296,936                                             260,052                       36,884 14%
SAUDI ARABIA                                             234,639                                             346,542 –                   111,903 -32%
INDIA                                              233,102                                                53,822                     179,280 333%
JAPAN                                             232,840                                               217,021                         15,819 7%
TURKEY                                             205,500                                              505,134 –                299,634 -59%
NIGERIA                                              192,596                                             220,700 –                    28,104 -13%
CHILE                                              170,005                                             487,892 –                 317,887 -65%
IRELAND                                              155,656                                             238,735 –                   83,079 -35%
QATAR                                              152,380                                                            –                       152,380 0%
INDONESIA                                                139,141                                             274,376 –                 135,235 -49%
UKRAINE                                               116,504                                                 74,431                       42,073 57%
MALAYSIA                                               105,124                                                211,912 –                 106,788 -50%
CANADA                                                98,560                                                  41,615                       56,945 137%
USA                                                96,000                                              319,748 –                223,748 -70%
GERMANY                                                74,548                                               124,413 –                   49,865 -40%
MYANMAR                                                 58,190                                                        162                       58,028 35820%
SRI LANKA                                                54,400                                                65,606 –                     11,206 -17%
GHANA                                                46,800                                              126,000 –                   79,200 -63%
VIET NAM                                                44,000                                                46,408 –                      2,408 -5%
UZBESKISTAN                                                42,000                                                            –                         42,000 0%
CHAD                                                 41,035                                                42,263 –                       1,228 -3%
OMAN                                                33,268                                                            –                         33,268 0%
SOUTH AFRICA                                                28,000                                                63,288 –                   35,288 -56%
NEW ZEALAND                                                25,080                                                            –                         25,080 0%
CHINA                                                24,000                                             200,499 –                 176,499 -88%
HONG KONG                                                22,680                                                 19,870                           2,810 14%
MAURITIUS                                                22,000                                                28,470 –                      6,470 -23%
KYRGYZSTAN                                                  21,715                                                            –                           21,715 0%
AZERBAIJAN                                                27,903                                                            –                         27,903 0%
AUSTRALIA                                                  17,190                                                        565                        16,625 2942%
BURKINA FASO                                                 15,522                                                            –                          15,522 0%
ARGENTINA                                                 12,000                                                            –                          12,000 0%
SINGAPORE                                                   8,000                                                            –                            8,000 0%
IVORY COAST                                                    5,174                                                            –                             5,174 0%
CZECH REP.                                                         100                                                            –                                 100 0%
EPZ                                                           34                                             388,345 –                388,311 0%
BELGIUM                                                            –                                                   17,840 –                    17,840 0%
BULGARIA                                                            –                                                      5,156 –                       5,156 0%
DJIBOUTI                                                            –                                                170,760 –                 170,760 0%
DUTY FREE SHOPS                                                            –                                                          738 –                           738 0%
ERITREA                                                            –                                                  85,200 –                   85,200 0%
GUINEA                                                            –                                                     5,472 –                      5,472 0%
JORDAN                                                            –                                                164,000 –                 164,000 0%
KUWAIT                                                            –                                                     3,054 –                      3,054 0%
LATVIA                                                            –                                                     9,400 –                      9,400 0%
MOROCCO                                                            –                                                       7,181 –                        7,181 0%
RWANDA                                                            –                                                      2,021 –                       2,021 0%
SOUTH  SUDAN                                                            –                                                  36,240 –                   36,240 0%
TAIWAN                                                            –                                                  79,600 –                   79,600 0%
UGANDA                                                            –                                                    18,105 –                     18,105 0%
         
TOTAL                      31,729,688                     45,836,489 -14,106,801 -31%

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

DESTINATION 2019 – QUANTITY (KGS) 2018 – QUANTITY (KGS) QUANTITY diff %AGE variance
PAKISTAN                       90,472,777                       90,475,374 –                 2,597 0%
EGYPT                       50,737,114                       31,331,921         19,405,193 62%
UK                       22,294,070                       25,807,552 –         3,513,482 -14%
UAE                       13,787,214                       19,088,177 –         5,300,963 -28%
SUDAN                       10,640,813                         8,865,140           1,775,673 20%
RUSSIA                         9,250,243                       10,081,452 –            831,209 -8%
YEMEN                         6,920,510                         8,011,360 –         1,090,850 -14%
AFGHANISTAN                         5,924,262                         4,582,939           1,341,323 29%
IRAN                         3,874,089                         2,084,133           1,789,956 86%
KAZAKSTAN                         3,772,253                         4,009,763 –            237,510 -6%
SWIITZERLAND                         3,345,714                         2,032,244           1,313,470 65%
SAUDI ARABIA                         3,193,725                         2,506,460               687,265 27%
POLAND                         2,745,957                         3,178,906 –            432,949 -14%
NIGERIA                         2,678,927                         2,668,565                 10,362 0%
IRELAND                         2,165,238                         1,603,125               562,113 35%
NETHERLANDS                         1,773,252                            669,106           1,104,146 165%
SOMALIA                         1,637,469                         2,413,448 –            775,979 -32%
INDIA                         1,554,292                            865,779               688,513 80%
JORDAN                         1,529,084                         1,236,927               292,157 24%
TURKEY                         1,349,340                         2,072,050 –            722,710 -35%
CHINA                         1,183,012                            495,561               687,451 139%
USA                         1,130,212                         1,797,778 –            667,566 -37%
JAPAN                         1,112,040                         1,292,937 –            180,897 -14%
INDONESIA                            977,276                         1,158,690 –            181,414 -16%
MALAYSIA                            912,040                            669,807               242,233 36%
BANGLADESH                            874,627                            152,772               721,855 473%
UKRAINE                            702,887                            680,082                 22,805 3%
CHILE                            569,259                         1,595,338 –         1,026,079 -64%
CHAD                            544,359                            359,093               185,266 52%
CANADA                            538,636                            308,354               230,282 75%
SOUTH AFRICA                            510,016                            363,673               146,343 40%
QATAR                            483,818                                        –                 483,818 0%
SRI LANKA                            406,783                            356,951                 49,832 14%
OMAN                            405,119                            135,101               270,018 200%
GERMANY                            347,528                            382,220 –               34,692 -9%
UZBEKISTAN                            324,950                            410,596 –               85,646 -21%
DJIBOUTI                            183,375                            359,236 –            175,861 -49%
GHANA                            149,432                            327,240 –            177,808 -54%
ERITREA                            129,920                            169,204 –               39,284 -23%
MAURITIUS                            102,000                               51,465                 50,535 98%
NEW ZEALAND                            101,360                            159,668 –               58,308 -37%
SINGAPORE                               98,595                               50,268                 48,327 96%
VIETNAM                               88,000                            130,312 –               42,312 -32%
MYANMAR                               86,270                                 8,099                 78,171 965%
TAIWAN                               59,790                            168,715 –            108,925 -65%
BEIGIUM                               57,600                               17,840                 39,760 223%
HONG KONG                               56,700                            129,911 –               73,211 -56%
KYRGYZSTAN                               23,809                               21,347                   2,462 12%
GIBRALTAR                               20,696                                        –                   20,696 0%
AZERBAIJAN                               27,903                               42,706 –               14,803 -35%
AUSTRALIA                               17,190                                 2,292                 14,898 650%
GUINEA                               16,416                               10,944                   5,472 50%
BURKINA FASO                               20,696                                        –                   20,696 0%
PALAU                               15,332                                        –                   15,332 0%
BRAZIL                               15,000                            110,269 –               95,269 -86%
EPZ                               14,034                         5,645,738 –         5,631,704 -100%
ARGENTINA                               12,000                                        –                   12,000 0%
ITALY                               11,500                               18,288 –                 6,788 -37%
LITHUANIA                                 8,986                                 7,500                   1,486 20%
MOROCCO                                 8,071                               22,916 –               14,845 -65%
MOZAMBIQUE                                 7,800                                        –                     7,800 0%
IVORY COAST                                 5,174                                        –                     5,174 0%
CZECH REPUBLIC                                    300                                    100                       200 200%
 BOTSWANA                                        –                                      100 –                    100 0%
BULGARIA                                        –                                   5,156 –                 5,156 0%
COMOROS                                        –                                   3,125 –                 3,125 0%
 D R CONGO                                        –                                 16,409 –               16,409 0%
DUTY FREE SHOPS                                        –                                   1,476 –                 1,476 0%
FRANCE                                        –                                      218 –                    218 0%
 GEORGIA                                        –                                 23,650 –               23,650 0%
GREECE                                        –                                   4,660 –                 4,660 0%
GRENANDA                                        –                                 24,830 –               24,830 0%
GUINEA                                        –                                   5,472 –                 5,472 0%
 IRAQ                                        –                                           2 –                         2 0%
ISRAEL                                        –                                   4,074 –                 4,074 0%
KOREA                                        –                                      616 –                    616 0%
KUWAIT                                        –                                   3,054 –                 3,054 0%
LATVIA                                        –                                   9,400 –                 9,400 0%
LIBERIA                                        –                                         90 –                       90 0%
 MACAO                                        –                                   7,500 –                 7,500 0%
MALI                                        –                                           3 –                         3 0%
 NORWAY                                        –                                      896 –                    896 0%
RWANDA                                        –                                   2,027 –                 2,027 0%
SEYCHELLES                                        –                                   3,360 –                 3,360 0%
SOUTH  SUDAN                                        –                              173,097 –            173,097 0%
TANZANIA                                        –                                 50,687 –               50,687 0%
UGANDA                                        –                                 31,506 –               31,506 0%
         
TOTAL                    252,006,854                    241,568,840         10,438,014 4%