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TEA INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE REPORT FEBRUARY 2019

KENYA TEA INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS FOR FEBRUARY 2019

PRODUCTION

Tea production for the month of February 2019 dropped to 31.44 Million Kgs compared to 48.38 Million Kgs for the month of January 2019. The drop in production compared to the month of January was attributed to severed hot and dry weather conditions experienced in most parts of the country. However, owing to scattered precipitation especially in some of the tea growing areas in the East of Rift, the output was slightly higher against 27.93 Million Kgs recorded during the corresponding month of 2018. Within the East of Rift, output rose from 9.28 Million Kgs to 13.50 Million Kgs. However, owing to drier weather conditions coupled with with less rainfall, the output within the West of Rift dropped marginally from 18.65 Million Kgs recorded in February 2018 to 17.94 Million Kgs. Across the sub-sectors, good production was recorded within smallholder sub-sector with output increasing from 15.92 Million Kgs to 19.00 Million Kgs. However, production within the Estate sub-sector increased marginally from 12.01 Million Kgs to 12.42 Million Kgs.

Cumulative production for the two months period of the year was higher by 16.08% to stand at 79.83 Million Kgs against 68.77 Million Kgs recorded during the corresponding period of 2018. This was attributed to higher production during the month of January.

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

Sector Region February 2019 February 2018 Variance Var.(%) Jan – Feb 2019 Jan – Feb 2018 Variance +/- Var.(%)
Plantation West of Rift       10,828,718       11,192,827 –   364,109 -3.25%       29,741,616       26,909,365     2,832,251 10.53%
East of Rift        1,593,673           820,994     772,679 94.12%         3,317,095         2,119,300     1,197,795 56.52%
Total       12,422,391       12,013,821     408,570 3.40%       33,058,711       29,028,665     4,030,046 13.88%
                 
Smallholder West of Rift        7,111,387        7,462,185 –   350,798 -4.70%       18,230,901       18,229,121           1,780 0.01%
East of Rift       11,911,302        8,463,119  3,448,183 40.74%       28,541,935       21,515,755     7,026,180 32.66%
Total       19,022,689       15,925,304  3,097,385 19.45%       46,772,836       39,744,876     7,027,960 17.68%
                   
Plantation & West of Rift       17,940,105       18,655,012 –   714,907 -3.83%       47,972,517       45,138,486     2,834,031 6.28%
Smallholder East of Rift       13,504,975        9,284,113  4,220,862 45.46%       31,859,030       23,635,055     8,223,975 34.80%
  Total       31,445,080       27,939,125  3,505,955 12.55%       79,831,547       68,773,541   11,058,006 16.08%

 

TEA SALES

AUCTION

During the month of February 2019, 34.40 Million kgs of Kenyan tea was sold through Mombasa Auction against 20.41 Million kgs recorded in February 2018. The average tea auction prices for Kenyan tea for the month was lower at USD 2.16 per Kg against 2.98 for the corresponding period of last year.

The Average Auction price for the period January- February was lower at USD 2.24 per Kg compared to 2.97 per Kg for the same period of last year.

 

EXPORTS

The total export volume for the month of February 2019 was 44.51 Million Kgs compared to 48.08 Million Kgs recorded in the same period of last year.

During the month, Kenya tea was shipped to forty nine (49) export destinations compared to fifty three (53) destinations for the same period of last year. Amongst these markets, Pakistan was the leading export destination for Kenyan tea having imported 16.53 Million Kgs, accounting for 37% of the total export volume.

Other key export destinations for Kenyan tea were Egypt (9.47 Million Kgs), UK (4.10 Million Kgs), UAE (1.86 Million Kgs), Russia (1.27 Million Kgs), Sudan (1.22 Million Kgs), Yemen (1.16 Million Kgs), Nigeria (1.10 Million Kgs), Afghanistan ( 0.87 Million Kgs) and Saudi Arabia (0.80 Million Kgs). The top ten export destinations, most of which are traditional markets for Kenyan tea accounted for 86% of Kenya tea export volume. Egypt, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia markets recorded higher tea imports from Kenya.

Significantly higher tea imports from Kenya were also recorded amongst the emerging markets of Ireland, Switzerland, Poland, Netherlands, Jordan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Chad, Canada, Ghana, Sri-Lanka, Guinea and Italy.

 

LOCAL CONSUMPTION

Local tea consumption for February 2019 stood at 2.95 Million Kgs against 1.67 Million Kgs for the corresponding period of 2018 while cumulative tea consumption for the two months period upto February 2019 was 6.56 Million Kgs against 4.07 Million Kgs for the same period of 2018.

22ND MARCH 2019

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

DESTINATION 2019 – QUANTITY (KGS) 2018 – QUANTITY (KGS) QUANTITY DIFF %AGE VARIANCE
PAKISTAN                                             16,531,745                                          20,548,957 -4,017,212 -20%
EGYPT                                             9,479,069                                            6,104,847 3,374,222 55%
UK                                               4,108,140                                            5,760,083 -1,651,943 -29%
UAE                                               1,806,414                                         4,210,563 -2,404,149 -57%
RUSSIA                                              1,270,000                                          1,567,603 -297,603 -19%
SUDAN                                               1,228,021                                           1,601,130 -373,109 -23%
YEMEN                                                1,161,666                                        1,396,431 -234,765 -17%
NIGERIA                                                1,106,147                                            212,532 893,615 420%
AFGHANISTAN                                                  874,321                                        767,296 107,025 14%
SAUDI ARABIA                                                 807,799                                         336,076 471,723 140%
IRELAND                                                 597,607                                              369,070 228,537 62%
SWIITZERLAND                                                  519,952                                         235,954 283,998 120%
BANGLADESH                                                 392,754                                                              392,754 0%
POLAND                                                  357,164                                         271,680 85,484 31%
NETHERLANDS                                                 356,679                                               74,832 281,847 377%
KAZAKSTAN                                                  341,454                                         497,817 -156,363 -31%
JORDAN                                                 328,250                                            198,000 130,250 66%
IRAN                                                 293,033                                              530,670 -237,637 -45%
CHINA                                                 278,956                                                  40,250 238,706 593%
USA                                                 252,004                                             248,363 3,641 1%
TURKEY                                                 246,827                                            436,564 -189,737 -43%
INDONESIA                                                 236,727                                             171,380 65,347 38%
MALAYSIA                                                 225,374                                            16,900 208,474 1234%
SOMALIA                                                 208,344                                           477,451 -269,107 -56%
INDIA                                                   199,164                                          266,763 -67,599 -25%
CHILE                                                   181,295                                          251,972 -70,677 -28%
CHAD                                                  153,665                                                43,966 109,699 250%
CANADA                                                   151,400                                                 59,780 91,620 153%
JAPAN                                                   131,800                                                25,146 106,654 424%
UKRAINE                                                   116,220                                              123,981 -7,761 -6%
GERMANY                                                   110,262                                             80,126 30,136 38%
GHANA                                                   63,860                                                24,840 39,020 157%
SRI LANKA                                                    55,371                                             16,995 38,376 226%
QATAR                                                    51,880                                                             – 51,880 0%
DJIBOUTI                                                   50,975                                                             –   50,975 0%
OMAN                                                   50,673                                                             –   50,673 0%
SOUTH AFRICA                                                   42,000                                                 53,025 -11,025 -21%
UZBEKISTAN                                                    41,800                                               210,600 -168,800 -80%
MYANMAR                                                   28,080                                                             –    28,080 0%
BEIGIUM                                                   20,080                                                             –   20,080 0%
PALAU                                                    15,332                                                             –   15,332 0%
NEW ZEALAND                                                    12,800                                                             –   12,800 0%
GUINEA                                                     10,518                                                5,472 5,046 92%
SINGAPORE                                                       9,196                                               14,240 -5,044 -35%
ITALY                                                      6,900                                                 2,300 4,600 200%
MOROCCO                                                      5,457                                                             –   5,457 0%
GUINEA                                                         426                                                             –   426 0%
CZECH REPUBLIC                                                          100                                                             –   100 0%
KAZAKHSTAN                                                            94                                                             –   94 0%
AUSTRALIA                                                             –                                                         32 -32 0%
AZERBAIJAN                                                             –                                                 21,763 -21,763 0%
BRAZIL                                                             –                                             100,500 -100,500 0%
EPZ                                                             –                                            572,326 -572,326 0%
FRANCE                                                             –                                                           18 -18 0%
GREECE                                                             –                                                  3,810 -3,810 0%
GRENANDA                                                             –                                                  24,830 -24,830 0%
HONG KONG                                                             –                                                12,634 -12,634 0%
KOREA REPUBLIC                                                             –                                                     68 -68 0%
LIBERIA                                                             –                                                       90 -90 0%
MALI                                                             –                                                         3 -3 0%
MAURITIUS                                                             –                                                  22,995 -22,995 0%
SOUTH  SUDAN                                                             –                                                  29,335 -29,335 0%
TANZANIA                                                             –                                                    16,250 -16,250 0%
UGANDA                                                             –                                                      5,151 -5,151 0%
VIETNAM                                                             –                                                   26,480 -26,480 0%
         
TOTAL                      44,517,795                      48,089,940 -3,572,145 -7%

 

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

DESTINATION 2019 – QUANTITY (KGS) 2018 – QUANTITY (KGS) QUANTITY DIFF %AGE VARIANCE
PAKISTAN                      31,791,659                      33,186,577 -1,394,918 -4%
EGYPT                      20,552,113                      12,408,964 8,143,149 66%
UK                         9,935,493                         8,497,233 1,438,260 17%
UAE                         4,600,995                         6,014,486 -1,413,491 -24%
RUSSIA                         3,115,199                         3,068,957 46,242 2%
SUDAN                         2,670,503                         2,232,989 437,514 20%
YEMEN                         2,283,350                         2,358,481 -75,131 -3%
NIGERIA                         1,782,225                            577,380 1,204,845 209%
AFGHANISTAN                         1,599,568                         1,141,208 458,360 40%
SAUDI ARABIA                         1,593,056                            601,926 991,130 165%
SWIITZERLAND                         1,297,610                            783,282 514,328 66%
IRELAND                         1,031,047                            502,141 528,906 105%
IRAN                            996,102                            669,651 326,451 49%
KAZAKSTAN                            968,683                            977,715 -9,032 -1%
POLAND                            951,049                            903,628 47,421 5%
JORDAN                            656,500                            478,000 178,500 37%
BANGLADESH                            600,042                                        –   600,042 0%
TURKEY                            566,615                            508,756 57,859 11%
CHINA                            521,109                              55,950 465,159 831%
SOMALIA                            489,222                            746,630 -257,408 -34%
INDONESIA                            481,065                            403,213 77,852 19%
NETHERLANDS                            480,907                              74,832 406,075 543%
USA                            431,676                            567,429 -135,753 -24%
MALAYSIA                            391,960                              83,100 308,860 372%
INDIA                            342,852                            279,215 63,637 23%
JAPAN                            259,200                            406,486 -147,286 -36%
CANADA                            257,316                              87,980 169,336 192%
CHAD                            229,789                              89,866 139,923 156%
UKRAINE                            228,120                            240,796 -12,676 -5%
CHILE                            181,295                            362,292 -180,997 -50%
SOUTH AFRICA                            158,856                              95,505 63,351 66%
OMAN                            147,792                              70,172 77,620 111%
GERMANY                            137,438                            158,016 -20,578 -13%
ERITREA                            129,920                                        –   129,920 0%
UZBEKISTAN                            112,600                            233,220 -120,620 -52%
DJIBOUTI                              82,975                              48,000 34,975 73%
SRI LANKA                              70,771                              64,995 5,776 9%
GHANA                              68,792                              24,840 43,952 177%
QATAR                              51,880                                        –   51,880 0%
SINGAPORE                              48,626                              14,240 34,386 241%
NEW ZEALAND                              38,400                            120,968 -82,568 -68%
MYANMAR                              28,080                                        –   28,080 0%
BEIGIUM                              20,080                                        –   20,080 0%
PALAU                              15,332                                        –   15,332 0%
HONG KONG                              11,340                              58,634 -47,294 -81%
GUINEA                              10,518                                 5,472 5,046 92%
ITALY                                 9,200                                 2,300 6,900 300%
TAIWAN                                 5,850                                 7,140 -1,290 -18%
MOROCCO                                 5,457                                        –   5,457 0%
KYRGYZSTAN                                 2,094                                        –   2,094 0%
GUINEA                                    426                                        –   426 0%
CZECH REPUBLIC                                    100                                        –   100 0%
KAZAKHSTAN                                      94                                        –   94 0%
AUSTRALIA                                        –                                        32 -32 0%
AZERBAIJAN                                        –                                21,763 -21,763 0%
BRAZIL                                        –                              100,500 -100,500 0%
EPZ                                        –                              572,338 -572,338 0%
FRANCE                                        –                                        18 -18 0%
GREECE                                        –                                   3,810 -3,810 0%
GRENANDA                                        –                                24,830 -24,830 0%
KOREA REPUBLIC                                        –                                        68 -68 0%
LIBERIA                                        –                                        90 -90 0%
MALI                                        –                                           3 -3 0%
MAURITIUS                                        –                                22,995 -22,995 0%
SEYCHELLES                                        –                                   3,360 -3,360 0%
SOUTH  SUDAN                                        –                                29,335 -29,335 0%
TANZANIA                                        –                                16,250 -16,250 0%
UGANDA                                        –                                   5,151 -5,151 0%
VIETNAM                                        –                                26,480 -26,480 0%
         
TOTAL                      92,442,941                      80,039,688 12,403,253 15%